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Indian airport has one of the best on-time records in Asia

Last updated on: August 05, 2013 11:41 IST

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Ask any frequent flier and you will get to hear gloomy tales of flight delays, and how life was thrown out of gear because the plane failed to land on time.

While major international airlines on an average delivered 75.85 per cent of their flights to the arrival gate within 15 minutes of schedule in June, which is below May's figure, the average on-time departure performance among the top 35 international airports was 69.26 per cent down significantly from May’s rate of 74.92 per cent.

From inclement weather to striking traffic controllers to 'go-slow' by ground handlers -- reason for the delay may vary, but there is not a single traveller who can claim that he has never faced flight delays.

In this backdrop, let's take a look at some airports that have best on-time records in Asia.

Source: flightstats

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Image: Transit area of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport.
Photographs: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

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Osaka International Airport

City: Osaka

Country: Japan

Overall rank on departure, cancellation and delay: 1

Osaka International Airport, also known as Itami Airport, was inaugurated in 1939 about 10km from central Osaka. When Kansai Airport began operations in 1994, Osaka International Airport stopped serving all international and many domestic flights. The airport currently serves 30 cities across the country, with regular flights of national carrier JAL, ANA and Ibex airline.

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Image: Dotonbori shopping and amusement district in Osaka, western Japan.
Photographs: Issei Kato/Reuters

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Tokyo Haneda Airport

City: Tokyo

Country: Japan

Overall rank on departure, cancellation and delay: 2

Tokyo Haneda Airport, located 14km from station, is one of the two airports serving the Japanese capital. Based on passenger numbers, it's the second-busiest airport in Asia and the fourth-busiest in the world.

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Image: People walk in front of paper lanterns during the Mitama Festival at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. More than 30,000 lanterns light up the precincts of the shrine, where more than 2.4 million war dead are enshrined.
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Chubu Centrair International Airport

City: Nagoya

Country: Japan

Overall rank on departure, cancellation and delay: 3

Chubu Centrair International Airport, located 30 minutes from Nagoya station, has most major tourist destinations, such as Kyoto and Mt Fuji, nearby. It serves both domestic and international flights.

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Image: Workers clean the windows of a high rise building at the Nagoya station in Nagoya, central Japan.
Photographs: Toru Hanai/Reuters

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New Chitose Airport

City: Sapporo

Country: Japan

Overall rank on departure, cancellation and delay: 4

New Chitose Airport serves world's busiest air route - the New Chitose-Tokyo Haneda route. It has 18 gates serving domestic passengers and six for international travellers.

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Image: Soldiers clear snow on a sculpture at a festival in Sapporo, northern Japan.
Photographs: Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

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Fukuoka Airport

City: Fukuoka

Country: Japan

Overall rank on departure, cancellation and delay: 5

Fukuoka Airport, the fourth-busiest airport in Japan based on passenger numbers, operates between 7am and 10pm to avoid causing inconvenience to residents living nearby.

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Image: Fukuoka, Japan.
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Naha Airport

City: Naha

Country: Japan

Overall rank on departure, cancellation and delay: 6

Naha Airport, seventh-busiest airport in Japan based on passenger numbers, handles international passengers travelling to Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and China.

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Image: Whale sharks swim with other fish inside a tank at Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu town on Japan's southern island of Okinawa.
Photographs: Yuriko Nakao/Reuters

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Jeju International Airport

City: Jeju

Country: South Korea

Overall rank on departure, cancellation and delay: 7

Jeju International Airport, South Korea's third-largest airport, serves not only domestic passengers but also those flying to China, Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan.

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Image: Asean-Korea traditional music orchestra perform on the southern island of Jeju.
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Kansai International Airport

City: Osaka

Country: Japan

Overall rank on departure, cancellation and delay: 8

Kansai International Airport, situated on an artificial island in the middle of Osaka Bay, is home of All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines and Nippon Cargo Airlines.

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Image: Dotonbori shopping and amusement district in Osaka, western Japan.
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Narita International Airport

City: Tokyo

Country: Japan

Overall rank on departure, cancellation and delay: 9

Narita International Airport, a big connecting hub for traffic between Asia and the Americas, serves most of international passengers flying to and from Japan.

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Image: Mt Fuji, covered with snow, is seen through Shinjuku skyscrapers in Tokyo.
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Gimpo International Airport

City: Seoul

Country: South Korea

Overall rank on departure, cancellation and delay: 10

Gimpo International Airport used to be the gateway for international passengers in South Korea before the construction of Incheon International Airport. It remains the second-largest airport in the country.

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Image: Part of Gangnam area is seen down the Han River in Seoul.
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Indira Gandhi International Airport

City: New Delhi

Country: India

Overall rank on departure, cancellation and delay: 11

Indira Gandhi International Airport, India's busiest airport, already has the capacity to handle 46 million passengers and plans to increase it to 100 million by 2030.


Image: Pigeons fly as clouds gather over New Delhi's Connaught Place.
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