Delta Air Lines Had the Best On-Time Performance for North American Airlines in 2023

by Anthony Losanno
Delta A350

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Delta Air Lines took the top spot in Aviation analytics company, Cirium’s “On-Time Performance Review 2023.” For the past 15 years, the company has reviewed over 600 sources of real-time flight information to compile its findings.

There were over 32 million scheduled passenger flights in 2023. James Hetzel, Product Marketing Director at Cirium, commented on the report:

As we look ahead to 2024, we anticipate sustained operational excellence as challenges arising from labor shortages and airport infrastructure are gradually addressed and resolved.”

Here is the list of the most punctual North American airlines:

  • Delta Air Lines: 84.72% on time
  • Alaska Airlines: 82.25% on time
  • American Airlines: 80.61% on time
  • United Airlines: 80.04% on time
  • Southwest Airlines: 76.26% on time
  • Spirit Airlines: 71.16% on time
  • WestJet: 69.29% on time
  • Frontier Airlines: 68.68% on time
  • JetBlue Airways: 68.33% on time
  • Air Canada: 63.17% on time

Air Canada Plane

I can attest that the single Air Canada flight I took in 2023 was delayed due to a mechanical issue. The overall on-time arrival rate for all North American airlines in 2023 was 74.45%. This was sightly better than the 74.26% in 2022. It’s important to note that there were also over 400,000 more flights in 2023. Delta Air Lines also took the top spot in 2021 and 2022.

Anthony’s Take: Here’s another reason to validate my choice to shift to Delta Air Lines last year. Hopefully, these numbers will only improve this year.

(Featured Image Credit: Delta Air Lines.)

(Image Credit: Air Canada.)

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