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Etihad Airways Receives Accolades as the Most Punctual Airline in the Middle East

In a recent report by the international aviation research group, OAG, Etihad Airways has earned the prestigious title of being the most punctual airline in the Middle East. With a remarkable on-time arrival score of 83.4 percent, Etihad has consistently outperformed its competitors, solidifying its position as one of the fastest airlines globally.

From January to June 2023, Etihad Airways demonstrated exceptional punctuality, with an astounding 83.4 percent of its flights arriving within 15 minutes of their expected time. OAG’s mid-year 2023 Punctuality League ratings applauded Etihad for maintaining its on-time arrival performance above 80 percent, a rare feat in the Middle East aviation industry.

Mohammad Al Bulooki, Etihad’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), emphasized the significance of this achievement, attributing it to the airline’s unwavering commitment to running a reliable operation while continuously seeking innovative ways to enhance their services. This recognition reflects Etihad’s dedication to delivering a seamless travel experience to its passengers.

Apart from its remarkable punctuality, Etihad Airways also stands out by keeping its flight cancellations to a minimum when compared to other global carriers. This dedication to providing consistent and dependable services further cements Etihad’s reputation as a top-performing airline.

As summer travel surges, Etihad anticipates around four million passengers to fly via its hub, the Abu Dhabi International Airport. With its impeccable on-time performance and commitment to passenger satisfaction, Etihad aims to provide travelers with a seamless and enjoyable journey during the bustling summer season.

OAG defines on-time performance (OTP) as a flight that arrives within 15 minutes of its scheduled time. This standard metric is widely used in the airline industry to measure punctuality.

Top Five Most Punctual Airlines in the Middle East:

OAG’s rankings for the Middle East region highlighted the following top five airlines with their respective OTP scores:

Ranking Airline OTP
1 Etihad Airways 81.14%
2 Emirates 81.13%
3 Gulf Air 79.92%
4 Qatar Airways 77.50%
5 Flynas 68.25%


Etihad Airways’ recognition as the most punctual airline in the Middle East reinforces its commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction. With its exceptional on-time arrival performance and dedication to innovation, Etihad continues to set a high standard for the aviation industry in the region and beyond.



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