Global flight tracker Flightstats , Inc., released their 5th annual On-Time Performance Service Awards for 2013 and ranked Israeli airline El Al last.
Flightstats provides details of the on-time departures and arrivals of airlines globally.
On Middle East and Africa Major Airlines Category, El Al was placed last on the list with an on-time arrival performance of 64.99%. More than one-third of the airline's flights arrived after the scheduled arrival time.
The company's report reveals that out of 27,752,213 flights checked in 2013, delays were recorded in the departure or arrival of 4,922,343 flights. On-time departure is defined by Flightstats as flights departing less than 15 minutes later than scheduled gate departure.
On-time arrival is defined as flights arriving within 14 minutes of scheduled arrival time.
The company receives the data directly from the airlines' databases, from aviation authorities around the world and through airlines' international distribution systems. El Al Israel Airline said in a statement, that its on-time performance is constantly improving and has an average of more than 80 percent of on time arrivals and departures.
FlightStats has been monitoring airlines’ on-time performance since 2004, tracking over 150,000 flights per day, i.e. nearly 80% of all scheduled passenger flights globally.
FlightStats examines flight status and arrival data aggregated from global sources including civil aviation authorities, airlines, airports and major airline reservation systems. FlightStats has published the On-time Performance Service (OPS) Awards for the last five years in an effort to recognize the “Best of the Best” Airlines for punctual travel.