Guess which low-cost carrier was voted the most punctual SA airline for 2016?

Cape Town - Here's a big shout-out to SA's fun low-cost carrier FlySafair, that not only scored top marks for punctuality at SA's major airports last year, but also achieved the overall Number One spot for the most punctual SA airline for 2016.

It is also the second consecutive time FlySafair has been ranked South Africa’s most punctual airline of the year. 

ALSO SEE: FlySafair reports profit in tough SA low-cost environment

This is according to Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), who monitored the on-time performance results of domestic airlines flying out of South Africa’s three major airports - Cape Town International, OR Tambo International in Johannesburg and King Shaka International Airport in Durban. 

The on-time performance of a flight is measured by comparing the off-block time (the moment when the aircraft pushes back) against the precise time that the flight was scheduled to take off. 

The International Airlines Transport Association’s (IATA) universal standard benchmark is used to measure the on-time performance. The standard allows for a 15-minute deviation from the scheduled time of departure as an on-time departure. 

That means that if the aircraft pushes back within 15 minutes of the scheduled departure time, the flight will be judged as an on-time flight.

Here's a look at the top performing airlines for on-time departures at all SA's major airports. The % refers to a number of times the airlines push back within the required timeframe. 

OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg

FlySafair – 93.80%
SA Airlink – 88.66%
South African Airways – 85.63%
Fly Blue Crane – 85.12%
Cemair – 84.20%
British Airways South Africa – 83.11%
Mango – 82.99%
Kulula – 80.89%
SA Express – 74.24%

ACSA airport target for OR Tambo International is 87%. 

ALSO SEE: OR Tambo International Airport to get R42 million boost

Cape Town International

FlySafair – 95.79%
SA Airlink – 89.33%
Cemair – 88.34%
South African Airways – 88.08%
Mango – 86.64%
British Airways South Africa – 84.90%
SA Express – 84.80%
Kulula – 84.16%
Fly Blue Crane – 73.25%

ACSA airport target for Cape Town International is 90%. Cape Town was also voted the most punctual airport in SA in a recent international survey. 

SEE: 3 SA airports listed as world's most punctual

King Shaka International, Durban

FlySafair – 96.70%
South African Airways – 91.31%
Mango – 88.80%
SA Airlink – 88.40%
Kulula – 83.96%
British Airways South Africa – 81.95%
SA Express – 81.51%

ACSA airport target for King Shaka International is 91%. 

As seen in the figures above, FlySafair stands out as the number one most punctual airline every time. 

The airline, even though a relative newcomer in the industry, also reported a profit for 2016, which was only its second year of operations.

SEE: FlySafair reports profit in tough SA low-cost environment

This despite a tough trading environment, with low economic growth and an over-supply of seats on domestic routes, as last year proved to be a tough year for local airlines. 

The overall rankings of SA's airlines at all major local airports look as follows: 

FlySafair – 95.41%
SA Airlink – 88.79%
South African Airways – 88.34%
Cemair – 86.27%
Mango – 86.14%
British Airways Domestic – 83.32%
Kulula – 83.00%
SA Express – 80.18%
Fly Blue Crane – 79.18%

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