Israelis are not known for their punctuality and the national airline carrier of the country is similarly tardy. A recent report by Flightstats Website, a website that monitors and rates airlines on a number of operational attributes, states that El AL is one of the world’s worst airlines in terms of punctuality. The report, which comes out monthly put El Al third worst in the world for the month of September, and the previous track record isn’t much better.
Of the 41 airlines measured, Egypt Air and Ethiopian Airlines ranked 41 and 40 and El Al ranked 39 as having the most delays of any major airlines.
According to the site, the flight is counted as delayed if it takes off more than 15 minutes past its scheduled departure time. More than 34 percent of EL Al’s flights take off with a delay. September, the month in which the measurement was taken is the busiest month of the year for Israeli tourism with the High Holidays being major draws for travelers. Some 2.2 million people came through Ben Gurion Airport’s doors over the month.
On the flip side of the chart, ranking as the airlines with the fewest delays were SriLankan Airlines, Delta, and the Japanese air carrier ANA.
But one cannot only blame the airline, the airport is also partly to blame as Ben Gurion ranked 351st out of 376 airports for having delayed departures. Only 66% of flights left on time, which is a similar average to the amount of flights that left on time for El Al. There was an average delay of 48.3 minutes of flights coming out of Ben Gurion.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)