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Cirium Presents 2023 On-Time Performance Awards to MSP Airport

Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) is first North American airport to win Cirium’s global airport award since 2011.

MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL — Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP) wrapped up 2023 with a rare double win in Cirium’s 2023 On-Time Performance Review, garnering the top global airport and large airport awards.

Minneapolis-St.Paul International Airport

Cirium presented the awards Tuesday to Metropolitan Airports Commission Executive Director/C.E.O., Brian Ryks and Chair Rick King during a ceremony at MSP that included hundreds of airport employees.

“These awards highlight the incredible teams and employees at the MAC who support our airline partners in delivering the best on-time performance rates while minimizing passenger disruptions throughout the year,” Ryks said. “Last winter challenged our region with heavy and frequent snowstorms, yet our teams showed their dedication keeping equipment, facilities and the MSP airfield in prime condition to achieve the best possible operational capabilities that contributed to achieving this rare industry honor.”

Now in its 15th year, the Cirium On-Time Performance program monitors global airline and airport operational performance through extensive and unbiased data, derived from over 600 real-time information sources. 

MSP is only the second North American airport to win a Cirium global award following Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) in 2011.

MSP’s 2023 global on-time departure rate of 84.44% was calculated across 289,817 flights, ahead of the other top five finishers: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (India), Kempegowda International Airport (India), El Dorado International Airport (Colombia), and Salt Lake City International Airport (U.S.). “On-time performance is a critical way we deliver on MAC’s purpose: providing exceptional airport experiences so Minnesota thrives,” King said.

“These awards affirm the trust and expectations that MSP has earned over many years in helping millions of people travel easily and efficiently across the globe to strengthen regional business connections and support personal and leisure travel.”  

Chairman Rick King, MSP

“Cirium’s Annual On-Time Performance Review brings to light the exceptional strides we’re seeing across the global aviation sector. The 2023 results speak volumes about how our airports are not just meeting but surpassing expectations in efficiency, especially as we witness a resurgence in demand,” said Cirium Chief Marketing Officer Mike Malik.

“The team at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport have really set the bar high, leading the pack in both the global and large airport categories. Cirium extends our deepest congratulations to the team at MSP for their dedication and outstanding commitment to excellence.”

In Cirium’s 2023 airline rankings, MSP’s hub carrier Delta Air Lines was honored with the Platinum Award for the third year running as the top global performer. Delta also topped the rankings for most on-time airline in North America.

In Cirium’s award analysis, an on-time flight is defined as a flight that arrives within 15 minutes of the scheduled gate arrival. For an airport, it is defined as departing within 15 minutes of its scheduled departure.

About The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC)
The Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) owns and operates one of the nation’s largest airport systems, including Minneapolis-St Paul International (MSP) and six general aviation airports. The MAC’s airports connect the region to the world and showcase Minnesota’s extraordinary culture to millions of passengers from around the globe who arrive or depart through MAC airports each year. Though a public corporation of the state of Minnesota, the organization is not funded by income or property taxes. Instead, the MAC’s operations are funded by rents and fees generated by users of its airports. For more information, visit

About Cirium
Cirium brings together powerful data and analytics to keep the world moving. Cirium delivers insight, built from decades of experience in the sector, enabling travel companies, aircraft manufacturers, airports, airlines, and financial institutions, among others, to make logical and informed decisions which shape the future of travel, growing revenues and enhancing customer experiences. Cirium is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. The shares of RELX PLC are traded on the London, Amsterdam and New York Stock Exchanges using the following ticker symbols: London: REL; Amsterdam: REN; New York: RELX. For further information please follow Cirium updates on LinkedIn.

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Report highlights

  • Delta Air Lines celebrates its third consecutive year as Cirium’s Platinum Award winner for global operational excellence.
  • Avianca Airlines emerges as the global leader in punctuality.
  • Delta Air Lines also comes out on top in North America, with Iberia Express leading in Europe, Copa in Latin America, ANA in Asia Pacific, and Oman Air in the Middle East and Africa. Safair triumphs as the leading low-cost carrier.
  • Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport stands out as the top global airport performer in 2023.
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