El Al among world’s most consistently delayed airlines
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El Al among world’s most consistently delayed airlines

Only Egyptair and Ethiopian Airlines rank below Israeli carrier in terms of punctuality, Flightstats September figures show

An El Al airline plane at Ben Gurion International Airport on August 17, 2016. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)
An El Al airline plane at Ben Gurion International Airport on August 17, 2016. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

Israel’s El Al national carrier is one of the world’s worst airlines in terms of punctuality, according to September figures published on Flightstats website, which tracks flights around the world.

For the month of September, out of 41 global airlines, El Al ranked 39th, beating only Ethiopian Airlines and EgyptAir.

The website counts a flight as delayed if it takes off more than 15 minutes after its scheduled departure time.

Only 65.5 percent of El Al’s flights departed on time, and the average delay was 51.3 minutes, the survey said. The average delay of all the late flights globally was 52 minutes.

Some 2.2 million people passed through Ben Gurion Airport during the month of September, which this year included the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot, making it the busiest month for travel to and from Israel.

However, in previous months El Al didn’t perform much better. In August, it was ranked in 31st place, in July in 28th place, and in June it placed 36th.

The best performing airlines for September were SriLankan Airlines, Delta, and Japanese airline ANA.

Ben Gurion Airport also ranked poorly for delays among international airports. Out of 376 airports, it was the 351st worst airport for late departures, with only 66% of flights leaving on time, with an average delay of 48.3 minutes.

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