16 February 2017. Airports Company South Africa recently achieved a historic milestone where three
of its international gateways have been ranked amongst the ten most punctual airports in the world.
This is according to OAG Aviation Worldwide, a UK-based agency that runs the annual Punctuality
League which monitors on-time performance amongst airlines and airports globally. O.R. Tambo
International Airport achieved 8th place in the Large Airport category, Cape Town International Airport
was ranked in 6th position in the Medium Airport category while King Shaka International Airport came
in 10th place in the Small Airport category.
OAG Worldwide tracks a minimum of 80% of the flights that operate at airport for it to be included in
the Punctuality League.
Commenting on the achievement, Airports Company South Africa’s Group Executive for Airport
Management, Andre Vermeulen said, “We are very excited and proud to be recognized in the very
prestigious Punctuality League, especially during a year where we saw significant growth in
passenger numbers. Ensuring that our passengers arrive and depart on time is a collaborative effort
with all role players in the airport community.”
A significant contributor to achieving on-time performance on the ground is Airports Company South
Africa’s world-class, state of the art Airport Management Centre (AMC), which is the nerve centre of
airport operations. The AMC facilitates seamless co-ordination between airlines, baggage handlers,
security staff, customer service staff, aircraft engineers and marshals who ensure that both
passengers and baggage make it from one end of the airport to another.
Vermeulen concludes, “We would not have achieved this huge milestone without all our staff who
work tirelessly in the front line and behind the scenes to make sure that our service and performance
is recognized globally”.