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The Top 20 Most Punctual Airports in 2016. Is Yours on the List? – Your Aviation News Roundup

New stats published last week by the UK travel analysts OAG, break down the top twenty of the world’s most punctual airports in 2016. North America did well overall with eight of the top 20 airports near the top.
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The AOC defines punctual as an airport’s success at flights arrived or departed within 15 minutes of their scheduled time. It also separated the punctuality index into three categories: small, medium and large airports.

Computer Outage Stalls Airport Customs Processing

Computer outages won’t help airport efficiency, especially on one of the busiest travel days of the year. American airports experienced a computer outage December 30th that temporarily shut down customs screening stations. The outage lasted from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Time. Officials said it delayed some travelers two hours. U.S. Travel Association President Roger Dow believes outdated computer systems are to blame for the outage, stating that existing systems have difficulty keeping up with today’s airport traffic.

In-Flight VR, Heated Seats Predicted as Future of Flying Coach

Temperature-controlled seats and virtual reality headsets could soon become standard on many major airlines. Wired recently spoke to AirlineTrends founder Raymond Kollau about a few economy class luxuries that could soon be a part of even the cheapest seats on major flights. In addition to heated and cooled seats and VR headsets, Kollau believes we’ll see self-cleaning lavatories and increased ways for customers to save money by skipping basic amenities.

Will 2017 See an End to Free Airline Meals?

Over the decades, airlines have gradually cut down on free food during flights, often providing meals only to those in first class or on long flights. But budget carriers have managed to reduce ticket prices by charging passengers for food. As the Wall Street Journal recently reported, free airline meals will likely soon come to an end, since some major airlines are considering eliminating free food as a way to reduce costs. It may not matter as airports are increasing the quality and variety of their food fare.

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