Copa Airlines was chosen as "The most punctual commercial airline in the world" and, for the sixth consecutive year, as "The most punctual commercial airline in Latin America," the Panamanian airline announced today.
The aeronautical analysis companies OAG (Official Airline Guide, London) and Flight Stats, respectively, granted this recognition after evaluating the punctuality performance of the most important airlines globally in 2018. Being punctuality one of the most relevant metrics of the commercial aviation industry.
Both distinctions "reflect the airline's human team commitment, demonstrating once again that its need to satisfy the priorities of its passengers, who rely on Copa Airlines on a daily basis to reach their destinations on time," the airline said in a public statement.
Copa Airlines is a subsidiary of Copa Holdings and a member of the global Star Alliance airline network.
The president of Copa Airlines, Pedro Heilbron, said that the distinction gives pride to the entire work team of this company, Heilbron highlighted "the key work for our operation of the Civil Aeronautics Authority, such as those performed daily by the control tower and the Air Control Center, and Tocumen International Airport, entities that have provided the necessary conditions to achieve the best level of punctuality in the industry. "
According to OAG figures, after analyzing 57 million flight records made by 250 airlines, between January 1 and December 31, 2018, Copa Airlines presented the highest rate of punctuality in the industry globally, with 89.79 percent.
Thus, it becomes "the first Latin American airline in history to receive this important recognition", according to the OAG.
Flight Stats also awarded Copa Airlines punctuality, recognizing it as "the most punctual commercial airline in Latin America" for the sixth consecutive year, with the best punctuality indicator in the world.
This result arises from the tracking of nearly 120,000 flights per day, operated and serviced by hundreds of airlines and airports.
The selection, according to Copa, was based on the analysis of flight status and arrival data from more than 600 world sources, including civil aviation authorities, airports and third parties.
He added that these acknowledgments reaffirm that punctuality is the hallmark of Copa Airlines, an aspect valued by international organizations and passengers for many years.
"We are committed to offering the highest levels of punctuality in the world as well as satisfy the needs of our passengers, who rely on Copa Airlines on a daily basis to reach their destinations on time," said Heilbron.
Copa Airlines operates an average of 350 daily flights through the Hub of the Americas, the biggest international flight hub of connections in the region, located at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City, from where it connects 80 cities in 32 countries. of North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.