FlightStats, an aviation insights company, has released its highly regarded annual analysis of international airlines' on-time performance records.
Topping the rankings for 2016: Dutch-based carrier KLM. Book a flight with that airline and your chances of being delayed are only about 11%.
Contrast that with the airline with the worst on-time record, Israel's El Al, whose passengers are likely to be delayed a dispiriting 56% of the time.
As for U.S. carriers, none of them landed among the 10 worst airlines, timewise. But one did manage to crack the top 10. That would be Delta, named the 8th most on-time airline in the world—even when taking into account a computer outage last summer that grounded flights for days.
FlightStats compiles the rankings based on 500 different data sources, including tracking services, airport runway times, airline records, and government info. Here are the carriers with the five best and five worst on-time records:
INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES WITH BEST ON-TIME RECORDS IN 2016:
4. Qatar Airways
INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES WITH WORST ON-TIME RECORDS IN 2016:
1. El Al
3. Air India
4. Philippine Airlines
5. Asiana Airlines