Well, well, well. It’s surely been an interesting week, which – when you read our headlines – you’ll definitely agree:
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It’s been a rather quiet week in the world of airport related news. Here’s what we found nevertheless:
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The media this week mainly focused on the developments of Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant. With that there were various reports about Tokyo’s International airport (IATA: NRT) becoming overwhelmed with people wanting to leave the country. Also we heard of several airlines (e.g. Lufthansa and Air China) stopping services to the country’s busiest hub altogether and of the opposite where airlines increased their capacities to fly their people out (e.g. Air India). But there even was “Japan nuclear” news from well outside Japan: On Thursday the Chicago Tribune reported that passengers on a flight from Tokyo had set off radiation detectors at O’Hare International Airport (IATA: ORD).
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Airport statistics are a fine thing as they give you an indication of where potential problems lie. Especially if you have the choice of different routes, it makes sense to take the on-time statistics of a particular airport into account when planning your travels.
So, which airport is the worlds most efficient one? According to a Forbes Travlerer article, the winning airport is Haneda airport in Tokyo (HND) with 90% of its arrivals and departures on-time. Never heard of Haneda? Me neither, but according to the article, the airport is the fourth busiest airport in the world primarily handling domestic traffic. It’s bigger sister airport, the well known Narita International (NRT) makes it on to the 2nd place. Well done, Japan!
Interestingly, 6 out of the 10 most on-time airports are located in Asia, only two from the US (Orlando and Houston) and one from Europe (Munich) make it into this elite group – maybe some of these airport managers should have a summer exchange class organized in Asia…
- Haneda (HND), Tokyo, Japan – 90%
- Narita International (NRT), Tokyo, Japan – 84.2%
- Taiwan Taoyuan International, Taipei (TPE), Taiwan – 80.3%
- Kingsford Smith International (SYD), Sydney, Australia – 80.1%
- Hong Kong International (HKG), Hong Kong, Hong Kong – 79.7%
- Soekarno-Hatta International (CGK), Jakarta, Indonesia – 79.3%
- Suvarnabhumi International (BKK), Bangkok, Thailand – 79.3%
- Orlando International (MCO), Orlando, USA – 79.8%
- Franz Josef Strauss Airport (MUC), Munich, Germany – 77.8%
- George Bush International (IAH), Houston, USA – 77%
Read the full Forbes Traveler article here.
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