Naughty and nice airports around the world

China_check-in_queue.jpg, Apr 2020

With hundreds of airports around the world it is not surprising that there is a list of the world’s best airports based on their on time performance for departures. Much like the best airline rankings for on time departures, airports are rated on the number of flights that depart on time.

Airports may have to wear the airline delays caused by airline equipment or staffing issues. The bigger issue for airport delays and hence the annual report by FlightStats, is the overall delay statistics that reflect the efficiency and the ability of the airport to process passengers as they arrive, transit, and depart at an airport. In some cases the delays are due to physical structures of the airport not being able to handle the volumes coming through for departures and transit due to airport design, air traffic control limitations, or just bad check-in / immigration clearance issues. What ever the issue, the flights are delayed and the airline passengers are disadvantaged.

The title of this article speaks to airports that should be avoided, and likewise the best airports for on-time departures. Rather than look around the world in one go for results, we break the best airports for transit into geographic regions. If you are a globetrotter you can find the best airport for you connections. If you are a regional frequent flyer you may find some good hints to minimize your flight delays by choosing to avoid known problem airports.

ASIA/PACIFIC

Five Naughty Airports in Asia for delays and departures

Global Rank
0-188
Airport code Airport Name Location On time Departures
184 SZX Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport Shenzhen, China 53.93%
185 PVG Shanghai Pudong International Airport Shanghai, China 51.62%
186 NKG Nanjing Lukou International Airport Nanking, China 44.65%
187 HGH Hangzhou Xiaoshan International Airport Hangzhou, China 40.58%
188 CGK Soekarno-Hatta International Airport Jakarta, Indonesia 35.22%

 

Ten Amazing Airports in Asia for On Time Departures

Global Rank
0-188
Airport code Airport Name Location On time Departures
1 ITM Itami Airport Osaka, Japan 94.74%
3 HND Haneda Airport Tokyo, Japan 92.29%
6 NGO Chubu Centrair International Airport Nagoya, Japan 91.02%
7 ADL Adelaide Airport Adelaide, Australia 90.74%
9 PER Perth Airport Perth, Australia 89.01%
10 BNE Brisbane Airport Brisbane, Australia 88.20%
11 CTS New Chitose Airport Sapporo, Japan 88.14%
22 KIX Kansai International Airport Osaka, Japan 86.52%
25 FUK Fukuoka Airport Fukuoka, Japan 86.31%
32 CCU Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport Kolkata, India 84.38%

 

In Asia you can easily see the best and worst of both worlds as the number one airport in the world, Itami Airport – ITM in Japan, and the worst performing airport for on time departures in the world, the main international airport in Jakarta (Indonesia) and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport (India) both are located in the Asia Pacific region.

EUROPE

Five Naughty Airports in Europe for delays and departures

Global Rank
0-188
Airport code Airport Name Location On time Departures
158 SVO Sheremetyevo International Airport Moscow, Russia 66.09%
167 DME Moscow Domodedovo Airport Moscow, Russia 60.80%
174 FCO Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport Rome, Italy 58.43%
178 VKO Vnukovo Airport Moscow, Russia 56.40%
180 MAN Manchester Airport Manchester, UK 55.98%

 

Ten Amazing Airports in Europe for On Time Departures

Global Rank
0-188
Airport code Airport Name Location On time Departures
4 HEL Helsinki-Vantaa Airport Helsinki, Finland 92.22%
19 WAW Frederic Chopin Airport Warsaw, Poland 87.23%
24 LIN Milan Linate Airport Milan, Italy 86.34%
27 CPH Copenhagen Airport Copenhagen, Denmark 85.48%
29 ATH Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport Athens, Greece 85.28%
30 VIE Vienna International Airport Vienna, Austria 85.02%
31 STR Stuttgart Airport Stuttgart, Germany 84.87%
35 MUC Franz Josef Strauss Airport Munich, Germany 84.13%
38 TXL Tegel Airport Berlin, Germany 83.97%
41 OSL Oslo Gardermoen Airport Oslo, Norway 83.71%

 

Europe has issues for delays in Russia, but the worst airport for on-time departures in Europe is Manchester. If you want the most reliable and on-time departures / connections in Europe you should be looking to Finland.

 

MIDDLEEAST/AFRICA

Five Naughty Airports in the Middle East and Africa for delays and departures

Global Rank
0-188
Airport code Airport Name Location On time Departures
144 SAW Sabiha Gokcen International Airport Istanbul, Turkey 70.81%
149 CAI Cairo International Airport Cairo, Eygpt 69.05%
157 SHJ Sharjah International Airport Sharjah, UAE 66.90%
159 DXB Dubai Airport Dubai, UAE 64.34%
169 AUH Abu Dhabi International Airport Abu Dhabi, UAE 60.51%

Ten Amazing Airports in the Middle East and Africa for On Time Departures

Global Rank
0-188
Airport code Airport Name Location On time Departures
5 CPT Cape Town International Airport Cape Town, South Africa 91.40%
12 DOH Doha International Airport Doha, QA 87.84%
13 JNB OR Tambo International Airport Johannesburg, South Africa 87.51%
14 IST Istanbul Ataturk Airport Istanbul, Turkey 87.33%
15 ADB Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport Izmir, Turkey 87.31%
33 DMM King Fahad International Airport Dammam, Saudi Arabia 84.21%
83 RUH King Khaled International Airport Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 80.28%
85 BAH Bahrain International Airport Bahrain, Bahrain 79.75%
119 JED King Abdulaziz International Airport Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 76.46%
124 CMN Mohamed V International Airport Casablanca, Morocco 75.73%

 

Being big, famous, and having your own TV special about your airport does not necessarily mean you are doing very well on getting planes off the ground on time. Simply look the naughty airports for this region to figure out where the bottle neck is for on-time departures. The good news is if you are in South Africa you have good chances to leave on time.

 

NORTH AMERICA

Five Naughty Airports in North America for delays and departures

Global Rank
0-188
Airport code Airport Name Location On time Departures
129 BWI Baltimore/Wash International Airport Baltimore, Maryland, USA 75.02%
130 HOU William P. Hobby Airport Houston, Texas, USA 74.89%
131 DAL Dallas Love Field Dallas, Texas, USA 74.85%
132 MDW Chicago Midway International Airport Chicago, Illinois, USA 74.80%
137 EWR; Newark Liberty International Airport Newark, New Jersey, USA 74.39%

 

Ten Amazing Airports in North America and Africa for On Time Departures

Global Rank
0-188
Airport code Airport Name Location On time Departures
8 HNL Honolulu International Airport Honolulu, HI, US 89.66%
16 SLC Salt Lake City International Airport Salt Lake City, UT, US 87.28%
20 YYC Calgary International Airport Calgary, AB, CA 86.65%
21 YVR Vancouver International Airport Vancouver, BC, CA 86.53%
23 PDX Portland International Airport Portland, OR, US 86.46%
28 MSP Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport Minneapolis, MN, US 85.46%
34 PIT Pittsburgh International Airport Pittsburgh, PA, US 84.16%
36 SNA John Wayne Airport Santa Ana, CA, US 84.11%
37 SAT San Antonio International Airport San Antonio, TX, US 84.11%
39 DTW Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport Detroit, MI, US 83.77%

 

North America is pretty easy to figure out. Avoid the east coast cities of the USA as they are more inclined to delays and for best on time flights use a western city of the USA/Canada or fly out of Canada.

LATIN/SOUTH AMERICA

Five Naughty Airports in Latin/South America for delays and departures

Global Rank
0-188
Airport code Airport Name Location On time Departures
92 LIM J Chavez International Airport Lima, Peru 78.88%
125 MEX Benito Juarez International Airport Mexico City, Mexico 75.42%
136 BSB Brasilia International Airport Brasilia, Brasil 74.48%
147 AEP Jorge Newbery Airport Buenos Aires, Argentina 69.64%
165 CCS Simon Bolivar Airport Caracas, Venezuela 61.76%

 

Ten Amazing Airports in North America and Africa for On Time Departures

Global Rank
0-188
Airport code Airport Name Location On time Departures
2 PTY Tocumen International Airport Panama City, Panama 93.23%
17 POA Salgado Filho International Airport Porto Alegre, Brasil 87.27%
18 BOG El Dorado International Airport Bogota, Colombia 87.26%
26 CWB Afonso Pena International Airport Curitiba, Brasil 86.09%
46 SSA Deputado Luis Eduardo Magalhaes International Airport Salvador, Brasil 83.17%
49 SDU Santos Dumont Airport Rio De Janeiro, Brasil 83.10%
54 CUN Cancun International Airport Cancun, Mexico 82.52%
62 CNF Tancredo Neves International Airport Belo Horizonte, Brasil 82.12%
67 VCP Viracopos Airport Campinas, Brasil 81.57%
73 SJU Luis Munoz Marin International Airport San Juan, Puerto Rico 81.10%
75 CGH Sao Paulo/Congonhas Airport Sao Paulo, Brasil 80.98%
76 GIG Galeao Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport Rio De Janeiro, Brasil 80.89%

 

South America is pretty average for delays. The surprise? The Panama City, Panama International airport PTY, which is the second best in world for being on time with departures. If you are going to/from/transiting Brasil you are in for a good chance of being on time for your flight departures as the country has the majority of the best on time airports in South America.

Is your favourite airport…or least favourite airports missing from this consolidated list of airports? No problem checkout the full list of global airport rating in the annual on-time report at FlightStats.

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