A new ranking says these Logan airlines were the most punctual in 2018

Logan Airport made the punctuality list as well.

epa03967247 Travelers check the status of flights at Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts, USA 27 November 2013. A storm passing along the northeast of the United States is expected to affect travel the day before Thanksgiving, one of the heaviest travel days in the US.  EPA/CJ GUNTHER
Travelers checking the status of flights at Logan International Airport in Boston. –CJ Gunther / EPA

If you flew Copa Airlines out of Logan Airport in 2018, you likely didn’t waste any extra time to reach your destination, according to a new report.

The most punctual airline in the world in 2018 was Copa Airlines, and the most punctual North American airline was Hawaiian Airlines (which will begin service out of Logan in April), according to Punctuality League 2019, a report released this month by U.K.-based travel analyst OAG, a provider of worldwide flight information.

OAG examined 58 million flight records to determine the on-time performance of airlines and airports last year. OAG’s definition of on-time performance is flights that arrive or depart within 15 minutes of their scheduled times. The good news for Boston travelers? Currently, seven of the top 10 on-time North American airlines and seven of the top 20 on-time airlines fly out of Logan Airport.


When it comes to North American airlines, top dog Hawaiian Airlines, according to OAG, had 87.52 percent of flights on time in 2018. Delta Air Lines, the top-ranking airline on the list currently to fly out of Logan, had 83.08 percent of flights on time in 2018. Other Logan airlines on the list were Alaska Airlines at No. 3 (82.61 percent), Spirit Airlines at No. 4 (80.83 percent), Southwest at No. 5 (78.20 percent), United Airlines at No. 6 (78.06 percent), American Airlines at No. 7 (77.65 percent), and WestJet at No. 10 (76.26 percent). Virgin America, which merged with Alaska Airlines in April, ranked No. 8 with 77.57 percent.

A Delta Air Lines passenger jet plane approaches Logan Airport in Boston. —Charles Krupa / AP, File

Copa Airlines, based in Latin America, was the most on-time overall, with 89.79 percent of flights on time. Six other airlines that fly out of Logan made the best overall top 20 list: LATAM Airlines Group at No. 7 (85.60 percent), Qatar Airways at No. 9 (85.17 percent), Japan Airlines at No. 13 (83.99 percent), Delta Air Lines at No. 16 (83.03 percent), Iberia (flying as one of its partners) at No. 17 (83.04 percent), and Alitalia at No. 20 (82.87 percent).

OAG ranked airports for their on-time performance as well, grouping them by size. Logan, which falls under the major airports category with 20 to 30 million departing seats annually, ranked No. 20 on a list of the top 20 major airports by on-time performance, with 74.05 percent of the airport’s flights on time. The No. 1 airport in the same category was Sheremetyevo International Airport in Russia (87 percent).

For the airlines and airports to qualify for these rankings, OAG had to have flight status data for at least 80 percent of all scheduled flights operated by the airline or at the airport.

Correction 1/8/2019: A previous version of this article listed Hawaiian Airlines as a currently operating airline out of Logan Airport. Hawaiian Airlines will begin service out of Logan in April. Boston.com regrets the error.


Get the latest breaking news sent directly to your phone. Download our free app.