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The Most On-Time Airports and Airlines in the World

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Unless there’s a great beer selection, or you're really into lip-syncing Celine Dion when no one is around, being stuck at an airport sucks.

So, in an effort to help you avoid wasting your precious time, the Official Airline Guide (a UK-based aviation data company) released this report about the most punctual airports and airlines of 2014. OAG assessed 43.5 million commercial flight records for 200 airlines to determine the percentage of flights that took off and touched down within 15 minutes of their departure and arrival times.

Of all airports evaluated, the UK’s Bristol Airport was the best in the world last year, with 94.4% of its flights leaving and landing within 15 minutes of schedule. Bristol also took the title of the most punctual small airport, proving that it's not the size of the airport, but air traffic control, airport staff, and a bunch of other logistical measures that matter.

Japan’s Osaka International Airport was second-best overall and the most punctual medium-sized airport, with 93.2% of its flights on time. As for the top large airport, Munich claimed the coveted spot, whisking 89% of flights off and on the tarmac without delay. Whodathunkit... Japan and Germany leading in efficiency.

The report also examined airlines and found Latvia's airBaltic was the best of the year, with 94.9% of its flights sticking to schedule, while budget carrier Norwegian Air was named the most punctual low-cost carrier.

Here are the airports and airlines that were the most on-time in 2014, separated by airport size.

Most punctual large airports:

1. Munich Airport -- 89.0%
2. Tokyo Haneda -- 87.9%
3. Seattle Sea-Tac Airport -- 86.2%
 

Most punctual medium-sized airports:

1. Osaka International Airport -- 93.2%
2. Moscow Sherenetyovo -- 89.9%
3. Copenhagen Airport -- 89.8%


Most punctual small airports:

1. Bristol Airport -- 94.4%
2. Brussels South Charleroi -- 93.1%
3. Berlin Schonefeld -- 92.3%


10 most punctual airlines:

1. airBaltic -- 94.9%
2. Hawaiian Airlines -- 92.3%
3. Austrian Airlines -- 90%
4. Iberia -- 89.7%
5. KLM -- 89.4%
6. Saudi Arabian Airlines -- 89.4%
7. SAS -- 89.1%
8. Japan Airlines -- 88.8%
9. Finnair -- 88.6%
10. Alaska Airlines -- 88.5%


Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.