Iberia and Iberia Express most punctual European airlines in July

And Iberia Airbus A350 climbs out after takeoff.
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Spanish flag carrier Iberia and its low-cost subsidiary Iberia Express were at the head of European punctuality rankings for airlines in July.

Specifically, Iberia was the most punctual airline in Europe, while Iberia Express was the most punctual low-cost airline in the region, according to data from specialised aviation analysis firm Cirium, formerly FlightStats.

Iberia July Performance

In the month of July, Iberia and its subsidiary, Iberia Express, rose to the top of the punctuality charts for Europe.

An impressive 81% of the flights operated by Iberia, out of a staggering total exceeding 15,000, arrived at their intended destinations punctually.

Notably, Iberia stands alone in the ranking with a punctuality rate exceeding 80%, a notable feat considering the operational challenges often faced by airlines in the region’s air sector.

In fact, Iberia’s commitment to punctuality extends globally, positioning the airline as the seventh most punctual in the world.

This recognition is a testament to the unwavering dedication of Iberia’s workforce, who collaborate tirelessly to ensure flights take off and land on schedule.


An Iberia Airbus taxis for takeoff.
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Iberia Express: Low-Cost Performance

Meanwhile, Iberia Express, the subsidiary low-cost airline, proudly claimed its spot as the most punctual carrier in its category across Europe.

With nearly 4,000 flights in its operation, Iberia Express maintained an impressive average punctuality rate of 87%, further reinforcing its reputation for reliability.

This achievement also elevates Iberia Express to the third spot on the global ranking for punctual low-cost airlines.

Overcoming Operational Challenges

The accolades received by Iberia and Iberia Express hold even greater significance when considering the circumstances under which they were attained.

These achievements materialized during the peak of the summer season, a time when the European aviation sector confronts operational hurdles due to strikes affecting airlines and the challenges posed by certain airports in the region.

Recognising a Collective Effort

The recognition bestowed upon Iberia and Iberia Express by Cirium stands as a testament to the work of both airlines to service and customer support.

In their statement, Iberia recognised the work of the dedicated teams at both airlines who ensured flights adhere to their schedules and sought to mitigate any unforeseen disruptions arising.

Rafa Hoyos, the Director of Production at Iberia, emphasized the collective effort required to achieve a punctuality ratio exceeding 80% in the demanding operating environment of European airports, especially during the bustling summer months.

He praised the commitment of the airline’s workforce, which numbers over 17,000, as the pivotal factor that enabled this achievement.

Fernando Ortiz, the production director of Iberia Express, highlighted the airline’s dedication to punctuality and the remarkable coordination that contributes to their success.

He credited the people who comprise Iberia Express for consistently upholding the highest standards of quality to deliver exceptional service to their valued customers.

This new recognition is added to the excellent records of last year, when Iberia and Iberia Express were named the most punctual airlines in Europe in their categories.

About Iberia

Iberia is the flag carrier airline of Spain. It is headquartered in Madrid and operates an international network of services from its main base of Madrid–Barajas Airport. Iberia is a member of the Oneworld alliance.

Iberia was founded in 1927 and is one of the oldest airlines in the world. It has a fleet of over 140 aircraft and flies to over 100 destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

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