Published on : Thursday, February 23, 2017
South Africa’s main aviation gateway, OR Tambo International Airport, has been ranked among the ten most punctual airports in the world, Bernama News reported. South Afrcxan Transport Minister Dipuo Peters congratulated the Airports Company South Africa (ACSA) for this feat.
The list was revealed by the OAG Aviation Worldwide, a Britain-based agency which monitors on-time performance (OTP) among airlines and airports globally.
OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, achieved eighth place in the large airports category while Cape Town International Airport ranked sixth in the medium airports category. King Shaka International Airport in Durban ranked tenth in the small airports category.
“ACSA’s achievement, amongst others, is attributed to its world class state-of-the-art Airport Management Centre (AMC) which is the nerve centre of the airports operations. The AMC facilitates a seamless co-ordination between airlines, baggage handlers, security staff, customer service staff, aircraft engineers and marshals,” Peters said in a statement.
Peters said that ACSA’s achievement followed its continuous growth in its aeronautical income derived from regulated tariffs as well as for its non-aeronautical revenue. She thanked the management and staff of ACSA for working to ensure that services and ACSA’s performance were recognized globally.
OAG Aviation Worldwide, tracks a minimum of 80 per cent of the flights which operate at an airport for it to be included in the Punctuality League. According to the League, the top 20 airports in the large airport category ensured that 83.9 percent arriving and departing flights operated under 15 minutes of their scheduled arrival and departure times last year.