South Africa’s most on-time domestic airline

Author Kirsten Litsen

On-time airlines

Whether you’re a frequent business traveller or simply splurging on that weekend getaway, its good to know which domestic travel airlines have a strong habit of punctuality.

The on-time performance (OTP) is a comparison of the total amount of time a flight takes pushing back from the departure gate (“off block time”) against the scheduled time for departure.

An average percentage is then calculated per airport along with a 15-minute deviation of the scheduled departure. This avoids negative results caused by air traffic congestion, being an unfair disadvantage considering this is out of the airlines’ control.

This performance metric is recognized as a global standard, measuring an airlines adherence to their promised schedules and ultimately ranking them by operational efficiency, reliability and punctuality.

To avoid costly delays and to get more bang for your buck, we’ve done our research to find the Top 3 on-time South African for a few major airports


TOP 3 ON-TIME PERFORMANCE AIRLINES BY AIRPORT (May to date 2019)

O.R. TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Airline

1. Airlink

2. FlySafair 

3. British Airways Domestic

CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Airline

1. FlySafair 

2. Airlink  

3. South African Airways  

KING SHAKA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Airline

1. Airlink

2. Kulula.com

3. British Airways Domestic

BRAM FISCHER INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Airline

1. Airlink

2. Mango

3. SA Express

EAST LONDON AIRPORT

Airline

1. Airlink

2. FlySafair

3. South African Airways

GEORGE AIRPORT

Airline

1. Airlink

2. Kulula.com

3. FlySafair

PORT ELIZABETH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

Airline

1. Airlink

2. FlySafair

3. British Airways Domestic

“Whether they are heading out on business or eager to start a well-deserved vacation, we know how important it is for clients to be able to remain on schedule. Time is precious and we understand this”

Elmar Conradie, CEO of FlySafair

According to OAG, our leading providers of digital travel intelligence and analytics for airlines, FlySafair brought home the gold by being rated South Africa’s number one, most punctual and on-time airline in 2016.  

FlySafair has always had a strong reputation for excellent customer service and has received worldwide recognition for an average OTP of 95.94%, delivering their promise on being an exceptionally punctual travel provider.

A quality rating that not only makes the South African’s aviation industry proud but our Springbok Rugby stars too. Our national team have recently renewed their partnership with the airline, entrusting FlySafair’s seamless travel experience as their official domestic airline once again.

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