Avianca Airlines Named as Most Punctual Global Airline 2023

An Avianca airlines Airbus A320 in special commemorative livery.
Photo Credit: Avianca Airlines

Avianca Airlines has been officially named as the most punctual global airline in 2023.

The recognition was accredited by the aviation data firm Cirium. The event also featured the unveiling of an Airbus A320 with a commemorative livery highlighting this award.

Commemorative Livery Unveiled

Avianca’s latest accomplishment was celebrated at an event held at the Simón Bolívar hangar in Bogotá.  An A320 adorned with a special commemorative livery was unveiled for the occasion.

Jeremy Bowen, Cirium’s CEO, personally presented the award to the Avianca team. He acknowledged the challenges of maintaining on-time performance (OTP) amidst external factors.

The carrier faced off against weather, staffing fluctuations, and mechanical issues, especially with the surge in demand experienced in 2023.

Bowen highlighted Avianca’s exceptional OTP of 85.73%, edging out the competition by a narrow 0.2%.

OTP Rises Above 2019 Level

However, Bowen emphasized a more significant achievement: Avianca’s substantial improvement compared to pre-pandemic times.

The airline’s 2023 OTP is a remarkable 10% higher than 2019. It also comes in as 2% better than 2022, showcasing a clear upward trend.

“The change in performance is truly remarkable!” Bowen remarked.

Frederico Pedreira, CEO of Avianca, attributed this success to the dedication of the airline’s over 14,000 employees. They worked tirelessly, alongside authorities and partners, to ensure on-time arrivals and safe journeys for passengers with their luggage.

He also expressed gratitude to the over 32 million customers who entrusted Avianca with their travels in 2023.

“This recognition positions us among world-class airlines and establishes Colombia as a benchmark in the international aviation industry,” Pedreira proudly stated.

An Avianca Airlines Airbus A320 parked at the gate.
Photo Credit: Avianca Airlines

A Strong Run in 2023

Avianca’s dominance in punctuality wasn’t a one-time feat. Throughout 2023, they consistently secured the top spot globally in May, June, August, and September, while remaining among the top five airlines from February to October.

Currently, Avianca boasts a vast network of over 140 routes connecting 75 destinations across 25 countries in the Americas and Europe.

About Avianca Group

Avianca is a company that comprises Avianca, LifeMiles, and Avianca Cargo. In passenger transportation, Avianca is the leading airline in Colombia, Ecuador, and Central America, with over 104 years of continuous operation since 1919.

 It has one of the largest air operations in Latin America with 147 routes, nearly 710 daily flights, and a fleet of 140 Airbus 320 and Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft, connecting over 75 destinations in 25 countries in the Americas and Europe.

In 2023, Avianca transported over 32.3 million customers through the operation of more than 213,000 flights. Its loyalty program, LifeMiles, is one of the largest in Latin America with over 12.4 million members and 500 partner brands.

In cargo transportation, Avianca Cargo is a regional leader and the main operator in various markets in the Americas.

With its affiliate airline, Aerounion, it serves over 50 destinations with a fleet of 9 cargo aircraft, in addition to cargo operations in passenger aircraft bellies.


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