DTW ranks 4th among on-time major airports

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Overall, U.S. airlines had a strong showing in the Mega Airlines category, finishing with five carriers in the top 10: Delta Air Lines (3), Alaskan Airlines (5), United Airlines (7), American Airlines (9) and Southwest (10).

Alaska came in fifth among the 20 largest world carriers with an on-time performance of 81.06%. Delta led the way for the USA among what OAG dubbed the "mega carriers", recording an on-time rate of 82.76% in 2017.

After consulting with officials from airports, airlines, and scholars, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) decided that starting from March, an on-time global flight would be defined as one whose arrival or departure occurs within 15 minutes of its scheduled time, reported the Central News Agency.

O'Hare didn't crack the top 20 for performance on the combined list in 2016 but had a 78.29 percent on-time rate in 2015, up from 71.4 percent the year before, making it the "most improved airport in North America and eighth most improved in the world" that year, according to OAG. With an on-time performance of 87.24%, Hawaiian finished third in the world, behind only AirBaltic (90.01%) and Hong Kong Airlines (88.83%). That score placed Delta at No. 16 worldwide.

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Spanish carrier Vueling led the way among low-cost carriers with an on-time performance of 82.2%, while Frontier was the leading US low-cost performer, arriving on-time 78.91% of the time, good enough for 11th worldwide in the category.

To qualify for inclusion in the OAG Punctuality League, the OAG Schedules database must have received at least 80 per cent of all scheduled flights to and from an airline. With between 20 million and 30 million annual departing seats, MSP falls into OAG's "major airports" classification, which is its second-largest. The new Mega Airport category featured many USA airports including Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson (ATL; 3rd with an OTP of 82.3 percent), Denver (DEN; 4th with an OTP of 82.2 percent), Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW; 5th with an OTP of 81.3 percent) and Chicago O'Hare (ORD; 7th with an OTP of 79.8 percent).

Almost 86 percent of flights to and from Minneapolis-St. Topping the category was Tokyo Haneda with an on-time performance of 86.75%. Paul, had an on-time performance of 85.72%, leading airports with between 20 million and 30 million departing seats.

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