Whoa! Miami International Ninth Most Reliable Large Airport in the World, Third in U.S.

Miami International Airport
Miami International Airport
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Miami International Airport catches a lot of flak, but you can't complain too much about your flights being delayed -- at least compared to most of the other large airports around the globe. According to a new analysis from the Official Airport Guide, MIA ranks ninth among large airports in the world for planes arriving on time. Within America's borders, it ranks third.

According to the OAG's Punctuality League report, about 83.2 percent of planes at MIA arrived and departed on time in 2014. On time means within 15 minutes of the scheduled time, but by Miami time standards, that's punctual.

The only other large American airports to make the top ten were Seattle and Minneapolis, with 86.2 and 84.5 percent of all flights being on time, respectively. Munich Airport took top honors by displaying German efficiency with 89 percent of flights being on time.

"We are extremely proud of this ranking, especially given that MIA is the busiest U.S. airport for international freight and the second busiest for international passengers," said Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. Gonzalez. "Despite facing the challenges that come with being a top global gateway, our efficient infrastructure and strong partnership with our airlines has placed us among the best in the world for on-time performance. We understand and appreciate the value of on-time flights to our passengers and cargo customers, and this recognition is a testament to the hard work of the entire MIA community."

The report overall shows that larger airports like MIA tend to struggle with flight punctuality more than midsize and smaller airports, but Miami even did well compared to most midsize airports. MIA had more on-time flights that Washington National, with only Salt Lake City and Detroit being the only midsize American airports with better numbers.

Numbers for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International weren't immediately available, but it failed to make the top 20 in the mid-size category, suggesting its rate was below 80 percent.

Here's the entire top 20 for large airports from OAG:

Whoa! Miami International Ninth Most Reliable Large Airport in the World, Third in U.S.
via OAG

Correction: We previously reported that Miami International Airport came in second. According to the report, it came in third, behind Seattle and Minneapolis.


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