A new statistics report by aviation data analytics firm OAG reveals Japan's Osaka Itami Airport was the world's best small airport in terms of on-time performance (OTP), with 93.85% of flights being on time last year.
Among large airports, which service more than 20 million seats annually, Tokyo Haneda had figured on the top for OTP with a rating of 91.25%.
With regard to airlines, AirBaltic was found to be the most punctual flier in the world with an on-time performance of 94.39%. Other airlines figuring in the top five in terms of OTP are Airlines Panama's Copa Airlines (91.69%), Brazil's Azul (91.03%), Japan Airlines (90.44%), All Nippon Airways (89.65%).
Following Tokyo Haneda, the other punctual large airports are at Munich, Germany (87.71%), Sao Paulo Guarulhos, Brazil (87.47%), Minneapolis (85.27%), the US, and Sydney (85.2%), Australia.
With regard to mid-sized airports, Copenhagen tops the list with OTP rating of 88.53%. This is followed by Moscow Sheremetyevo (88.48%), Helsinki (88.43%), Brisbane, Australia (88.31%), Salt Lake City (87.93%).
Among small airports, Osaka is followed by Brussels South Charleroi (93.61%), Panama Tocumen International (92.55%), Stavanger, Norway (91.15%), Bergen, Norway (90.91%) and Cologne Bonn, Germany (90.42%).
OAG senior analyst John Grant said: "Measuring and reporting on the OTP of airlines and airports has the power to affect positive change in the future of aviation. The benchmarking tool is a powerful key performance indicator and a potential service differentiator for marketing products to travellers."
Gatwick Airport in the UK has emerged as the worst performer among the major airports in the UK, with only 65% of flights arriving or taking-off on time.
Bristol Airport had seen 88.6% of flights arrive or take-off on time, making it the most punctual airport in the UK. However, this performance fades when compared with Tokyo Haneda, which handled about 400,000 aircraft movements last year against approximately 65,000 at Bristol.
Heathrow handled 471,000 aircraft movements while Gatwick handled 249,000 last year.