Most punctual low cost carriers worldwide 2019

Japanese airline, Skymark Airlines was the world’s most punctual low-cost carrier in 2019, with 90.12 percent of all flights departing less than 15 minutes later than their scheduled time.

Punctuality versus size

The largest low-cost carriers do not seem to be the most punctual. Of the ten most punctual low cost carriers in 2019, only Eurowings was among the ten largest by revenue. Nor are the most punctual airlines increasing their market share, with none included in the ten fastest-growing low-cost carriers for 2019.


The ninth most punctual low-cost carrier, Azul, is a Brazilian carrier founded in 2008. Their business strategy is to concentrate on underserved markets and as of December 2018 they serviced 112 destinations throughout the Americas. In terms of overall growth, this strategy has been successful, with the airline increasing their revenue by around 77 percent between 2013 and 2017 to reach 2.36 billion U.S. dollars. However, expenses were higher than revenue from 2014 to 2016. In 2019, Azul was the third-largest airline in Latin America.

Most punctual low cost carriers worldwide in 2019, ranked by on-time arrival performance

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Release date

January 2020



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Supplementary notes

On-time arrival performance is defined as the number of flights that departed less than 15 minutes later than scheduled as a share of the total number of flights.

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