Brisbane Airport has been recognised as the fourth most punctual airport in the world in its category.

Air travel intelligence company OAG’s annual report into on-time performance results for airlines and airports, the Punctuality League 2015 report, has rated Brisbane Airport as the fourth most punctual in the medium airport category.

With 88.31 per cent of its flights departing within 15 minutes of schedule, Brisbane Airport was ranked behind only Copenhagen (88.53 per cent), Moscow Sheremetyevo (88.48 per cent) and Helsinki (88.43 per cent).

An airport is defined as ‘medium’ if it has between 10 and 20 million passengers a year.

Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) chief executive Julieanne Alroe put the strong result down to the collaborative approach the airport has taken with air traffic controllers and airline operators.

“In 2012, BAC partnered with Airservices Australia and the National Air Traffic Services (NATS), which manages air-traffic control in the United Kingdom, to deliver an Airport Capacity Enhancement (ACE) program at major airports across Australia,” Ms Alroe said.

“The goal of the ACE Program at BNE specifically was to identify opportunities to improve efficiency and to increase the use of existing assets and infrastructure to increase runway capacity and reduce congestion and delays, particularly during peak traffic periods.

“Some of ACE’s initiatives included increasing the use of the short cross-runway, improving pilot reaction times and reducing runway and taxiway occupancy times to reduce the time required for take-offs and landings, optimising aircraft sequencing, and introducing more standardisation across different operators and aircraft types.

“It’s exciting to see the results of these industry-wide efforts pay off with such a remarkable turn-around on on-time performance at Brisbane Airport. It’s a credit to everyone involved with the travelling public reaping the rewards,” Ms Alroe said.

Airservices Australia acting chief executive Jason Harfield agreed that cooperation was the key to the airport’s success.

“Working together we’ve been able to efficiently manage the increased growth in air traffic while simultaneously ensuring that safety remains our number one priority,” Mr Harfield said.

The OAG Punctuality Report is the industry’s most recognised annual ranking of on-time performance. In another win for Queensland, the report rated Cairns Airport as the world’s 13th best performing small airport, with 89.3 per cent of flights running within 15 minutes of schedule.

The top three in that category, which is limited to airports with less than 10 million passengers, were Osaka (93.85 per cent), Brussels South Charleroi (93.61 per cent) and Panama City (92.55 per cent).

BAC, this one’s for you…