The mere mention of statistics is enough to put me to sleep. However, when it comes down to the difference between being late and on time, I tend to pay attention.
So that you know how they worked it out, here is an extract from their website: “Airport operational efficiency is measured through different measures, with On-Time Performance being the primary internationally accepted standard. On-Time Performance is measured by comparing the actual off-block time (when aircraft pushes back) against the airline schedule time for a departing flight. The measurement is done in accordance with the IATA (International Airlines Transport Association) universal standard benchmark which considers a 15 minute deviation from the scheduled time as an on-time departure. The On-Time Performance of the airlines is averaged for a specific airport to produce On-Time Performance for the airport. This is bench marked against a target which is agreed upon by the airport stakeholders.”
So, if you want to be on time, your best bet would be SAA. If you don’t really care too much and don’t risk the dissolution of an important relationship, you can go with Kulula. The below is an average percentage based on the various airlines departing from Cape Town, OR Tambo and King Shaka International Airports.
If you really love duty free shopping and are always last on the plane, stumbling under the weight of all your bags, you should opt to depart from O.R. Tambo.
The below is an average percentage based on the flights departing on time from the various airports.
You can’t really choose from which airport you’d like to depart, but if money is no object, you are now armed with some good information as to which airlines to fly with. Sometimes it is worth the extra R300 to be on time, rather than miss a connecting flight, or even worse, your cruise! I fondly remember clients who were meant to catch the MSC Sinfonia cruise ship. They were in the unfortunate position of not only being late, but lost! In the end they found a police station and managed to get a police escort to the harbour!
If you are a bargain hunter like me and generally use search engines to find the cheapest flight out there, you will just have to take the risks of enjoying the delights of what the various airports have to offer.