Etihad Airways named as most punctual airline in Middle East

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Official Airline Guides Database (OAG), the world’s leading data platform for the global travel industry, has revealed the most punctual airlines and airports in the world as part of its Punctuality League.

The global aviation analytics group has named Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, as the most punctual airline in the Middle East and among the most reliable in the world.

According to the statement, “In its Punctuality League rating for 2022, OAG listed Etihad as the best in the GCC region. On-time performance is defined by OAG as a flight arriving within 15 minutes of its scheduled time, a standard measure within the airline industry, taking into account the range of variable factors which can affect operations.”

Etihad’s home base, Abu Dhabi International Airport, was also placed in the top five most punctual airports in the Middle East, as per the statement.

Mr. John Grant, the chief analyst at OAG, said that, “Global on-time performance is reaching levels last seen before the pandemic as carriers work to ease operational pressures and delays. Confidence in the travel recovery is growing with airlines placing new aircraft orders, new routes being announced and labor challenges seemingly subsiding.”

Etihad has achieved an on-time arrival performance within 15 minutes of 81 percent. It also continued to maintain one of the lowest cancellation rates worldwide, ensuring an enhanced guest experience with trustworthy flight schedules.

Mr. Mohammad Al Bulooki, Chief Operating Officer of Etihad Airways, stated that delivering a safe and reliable airline operation is always the first priority.

“Our commitment to our guests, flying for business or leisure, is that Etihad delivers to its schedule; the airline continues to strive to increase its reliability through the efforts of its people and the deployment of technology and innovation,” Mr. Al Bulooki added.

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