LAX Ranked Fifth in the World Among Mega Airports for On-Time Flight Performance in 2018

01/22/2019 09:00 AM

Ranking part of OAG's 2019 Punctuality League Report

For Immediate Release
January 22, 2019 
LAX Public Relations

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(Los Angeles, CA) Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) is proud to announce that Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) was ranked fifth in the world and third in the United States by  OAG for on-time flight performance among Mega airports with more than 30 million departing scheduled seats in 2018. LAX's on-time flight performance was 79.95 percent last year.

“We  know that on-time departures and arrivals contribute significantly to exceptional guest experiences and benefit the environment," said Deborah Flint, Chief Executive Officer, LAWA. “We are proud to have catapulted into the top five on OAG’s Punctuality League, which affirms our investments in our facilities and that we are working effectively with our airline and government partners to ensure consistent, efficient, and reliable service at LAX." 

Departure delays can cause an increase in carbon emissions not just for the delayed flight, but also for other flights impacted by that delay. Delays can lead to the need for incoming planes to hold off from landing as they wait for space to open, or require additional taxiing or waiting for a gate. Additionally, airlines often burn additional fuel to make up for time lost due to the delay. By earning a high on-time ranking, Los Angeles World Airports is creating a better guest experience and reducing environmental impacts.  

The Punctuality League 2019 rankings are based on 58 million flight records using data from 2018 to determine the best on-time performance for the world's largest airports and airlines. OAG defines on-time performance as flights that arrive or depart within 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival or departure times. Airports must also have a minimum of 2.5 million departing seats to be included, and data is not included for flights such as charter or non-passenger operations.

In 2018, LAX was ranked 11th in the Punctuality League with an on-time flight performance of 74.66 percent among Mega airports, based on flight data analyzed during 2017. The OAG schedules database must have flight status information for at least 80 percent of all scheduled flights for an airport to be included in the Punctuality League.

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About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) 
LAX, the fifth busiest airport in the world and second in the United States, was named in Skytrax’ 2018 top 10 U.S. airports. LAX served more than 84.56 million passengers in 2017 and offers 737 daily nonstop flights to 100 cities in the U.S. and 1,386 weekly nonstop flights to 88 cities in 44 countries on 73 commercial air carriers.  LAX ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.2 million tons of air cargo valued at over $101.4 billion.  LAX handled 700,362 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2017. 

An economic study based on 2014 operations reported LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues.  The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital-improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion, $966 million in state and local taxes, and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues. 

LAX is also the second most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram according to LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund. 

For more information about LAX, please visit or follow on Twitter  @flyLAXAirport, on Facebook at, and on YouTube at Information about LAX’s ongoing multi-billion-dollar LAX Modernization Program, as well as tips and shortcuts to help navigate LAX during construction, are available at   

As a covered entity under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the City of Los Angeles does not discriminate on the basis of disability and, upon request, will provide reasonable accommodation to ensure equal access to its programs, services, and activities.  Alternative formats in large print, braille, audio, and other forms (if possible) will be provided upon request. 

About OAG
OAG uses the world's largest network of air travel data to provide accurate digital information and applications to the world’s airlines, airports, government agencies and travel-related service companies. The Punctuality League is based on 58 million flight records using data from 2018 to create best on-time performance rankings among the world's largest airlines and airports. For more information, please visit

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