BIRMINGHAM Airport has been named the world’s most punctual airport of 2016.
Beating stiff competition from airports around the world, Birmingham was awarded the title by air travel intelligence company OAG, with 91.28 per cent of arriving and departing flights from the airport operating on time. The most punctual route was the Birmingham to Dublin route, which boasted more than 95 per cent of its flights running to schedule.
Birmingham Airport chief executive Paul Kehoe said: “To be crowned the world’s most punctual airport in 2016 is a tremendous prize, particularly in the busiest twelve months in our 77 year history.
“This achievement is a result of a team effort by the seven thousand employees and 140 companies operating at the airport – from the ground handlers to bus drivers, fuellers to caterers, and cleaners to office staff.
“We work closely with our airlines and handling agents to ensure that delays, which are within our control, are kept to a minimum, and we thank all of our partners for their continued hard work to become the world’s most punctual airport.”
Mr Kehoe argued £350 million investment in the infrastructure of airport over the past ten years had helped improve passenger facilities and efficiency.
OAG’s punctuality league is based on approximately 54 million flight records from 2016.
John Grant, senior analyst at OAG, said: “The UK’s airports and airlines have always been leaders in the global aviation industry, delivering exceptionally high service levels.
“The success of Birmingham is just another example of how the UK’s regional airports have created world-class facilities and networks that both connect their regional communities to the world, and provide valuable economic growth.”
The multi-million pound developments seen over the past decade at Birmingham Airport have included a runway extension to allow for more long haul flights, a new state of the art pier with parking stands to accommodate the world’s largest aircraft and more security lanes.
It also become the first airport of its size to operate its own air traffic control services in 2015.