Two airlines utilizing Sea-Tac Airport as a hub have earned recognition as two of the top three most punctual airlines in North America while Sea-Tac itself ranked second among U.S. mega airports in on-time performance, a new study reveals.
Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Seattle-based Alaska Airlines ― the leading airlines by passenger count at Sea-Tac ― commanded second and third place showings, respectively, in the analysis of on-time performance among all mainline (excluding low-cost) airlines in North America. Hawaiian Airlines (also with major operations at Sea-Tac) ranked first in the measure.
The punctuality assessment is based on an analysis by OAG, a leading provider of travel data and insight. The 2020 rankings of best on-time performance for the world’s major airlines and airports were based on analysis of 57.7 million flight records, including full-year data for 2019.
Among the top 20 leading, or mega, airlines worldwide based on 2019 scheduled flights, Delta ranked fourth (and first among U.S. mega carriers) while Alaska Airlines ranked sixth globally, and second among U.S. mega airlines. Mainline carrier Hawaiian Airlines is not classified as a mega airline.
“Delta’s continued on-time performance (OTP) dominance is remarkable given the size and range of its operations,” says John Grant, OAG senior analyst. “The performance is also a testament to the hub locations they serve, especially Atlanta and Seattle.”
Sea-Tac ranked second in OTP among mega U.S. airports, trailing only Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in the flight-punctuality assessment. It ranked 5th among the top 20 mega airports globally, with airports in Moscow, Tokyo, Singapore and Atlanta ranking first through fourth, respectively.
“Airlines and airports continue to demonstrate strong OTP overall,” OAG’s Grant says. “We are reaching near peak operational OTP across the world.”