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Birmingham Airport Becomes The World's Most Punctual Airport

06 Jan 2017

Wednesday 4th January 2017

Birmingham Airport has been named the world’s most punctual airport in 2016 by air travel intelligence company OAG, with 91.28% of arriving and departing flights operating on time.

With over 100,000 scheduled flights from Birmingham Airport last year, the most punctual route was to Dublin, boasting an on-time score of over 95 per cent. The UK airport beat contenders from countries such as Japan, Brazil, America, Germany and Australia to claim the global crown.

On receiving the award, Birmingham Airport’s Chief Executive, Paul Kehoe, said, “To be crowned the world’s most punctual airport in 2016 is a tremendous prize, particularly in the busiest twelve months in our 77 year history.

“This achievement is a result of a team effort by the seven thousand employees and 140 companies operating at the airport - from the ground handlers to bus drivers, fuellers to caterers, and cleaners to office staff.

“We have invested £350m in the last ten years to improve the airport infrastructure and we’re currently working on a further one hundred million pound development project to improve passenger facilities even further. These investments have helped us achieve this award because we can offer our customers an efficient service that makes us proud to be an airport that is easy to get to and easy to get through.

“We work closely with our airlines and handling agents to ensure that delays, which are within our control, are kept to a minimum, and we thank all of our partners for their continued hard work to become the world’s most punctual airport.” OAG’s punctuality league is based on approximately 54 million flight records using full-year data from 2016.

John Grant, Senior Analyst at OAG, said: “The UK’s airports and airlines have always been leaders in the global aviation industry, delivering exceptionally high service levels. The success of Birmingham is just another example of how the UK’s regional airports have
created world-class facilities and networks that both connect their regional communities to the world, and provide valuable economic growth.”

The multi-million pound developments seen over the last decade at Birmingham Airport have included a runway extension to allow for more long haul flights, a new state of the art pier with parking stands to accommodate the world’s largest aircraft, more security lanes and becoming the first airport of its size to operate its own air traffic control services in 2015.

About Birmingham Airport:
Birmingham Airport is the UK’s third largest airport outside London, and the UK’s seventh largest overall, handling 11m passengers a year. It serves more than 140 direct routes and offers an additional 300 possible connections worldwide. Find out more about Birmingham Airport at or on Twitter at bhx_official

About OAG: OAG is the world’s leading air travel intelligence company that provides accurate, timely and actionable flight information and applications to the world’s airlines, airports, government agencies and travel-related service companies. OAG has the world’s largest network of air travel data including the definitive schedules database of more than 900 airlines and over 4,000 airports. With the most extensive flight status information database in the market, OAG handles approximately 54 million records of flight status updates per year, processes 1.4 billion requests and continues to deliver in excess of 35 million dynamic flight status updates daily. For more information, visit: and follow us on Twitter @OAG Aviation.

The Punctuality League is based on approximately 54 million flight records using full year data from 2016 to create the best performers in an expanded range of categories. As in 2015, to qualify for inclusion in the OAG Punctuality League, the OAG Schedules database must have received at least 80% of all scheduled flights to and from an airport.

OAG’s sample is based upon the ‘sum’ of both the departures and arrivals within 15 minutes of schedule. At least 80% of scheduled flights are reported, schedules being defined as what has been provided by airlines to the OAG database.


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