Hyderabad and B’lore airports outshine their global counterparts in terms of punctuality

Aviation analytics firm Cirium has adjudged, the GMR-run Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad with best On Time Performance globally, leaving behind Japanese airports in punctuality- a big news for the India’s infrastructure push.

The firm also ranked the Moreso, Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport among the top ranked airports globally in terms of On Time Performance in March 2023.  Cirium reviewed a total number of 3 million flights for every airport globally, and categorizes those airports into four types.

The four types are based mainly on seat numbers and are listed as: 1) Global Airport (25-40 million seats and serve at least three regions), 2) Large Airport (25-40 million seats), 3) Medium Airport (15-25 million seats) and 4) Small Airport (5-15 million seats). This is not the first time Indian airports have ranked high on the punctuality as per Cirium.

Global Category

In November 2022, both the airport, Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport and Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport bagged the top position in terms of punctuality, beating other bigger airports in India, including Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport and Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport.

Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD) which serves 29 airlines and 77 routes and had 14,658 scheduled single-segment flights in March, as per the Cirium report was the only global airport to break the 90 percent on-time departure (OTD) barrier, with a 90.43 percent OTP. Bagging the second place was the Kempegowda International (BLR) in Bengaluru at 86.14%, followed by Bogota’s El Dorado International (BOG) in Colombia.

The Copenhagen Airport (CPH) rounded out the top 20 with an OTP of 77.74%. Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport in November last year was ranked among the top 20 most punctual airlines globally in the Global Airport category.

Large Category

Hyderabad and Bengaluru airport also topped the list on the Global Airports rankings in the Large Airports category. Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (HYD) in Hyderabad has been performing exceptionally well in this category with close to 90 percent OTP. Usually, the top three airports in this category are all located in Japan.

No airports in Medium and Small categories from India could make it to the top 20 list of each category.

Among the fastest growing aviation market in the world, India has a passenger traffic reaching an all time high in 2022. Also, India has constructed more airports in the last decade than most of the countries globally, including both domestic and international facilities.

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