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Why Cut-Price Long-Haul Flights Can Mean Arriving Late

  • AirAsia X, Norwegian Air’s U.K. arm among tardiest carriers
  • Discounters find it tougher to cope when things go wrong: OAG
A Boeing Co. 737 passenger aircraft, operated by Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, takes off from London Gatwick Airport on Jan. 10, 2017.

A Boeing Co. 737 passenger aircraft, operated by Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, takes off from London Gatwick Airport on Jan. 10, 2017.

Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

Discount carriers Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA and AirAsia X may fly you between continents for significantly less than many other operators, but there’s also a good chance you’ll arrive late.

The Malaysian airline and the U.K. arm of Norwegian, global trailblazers in low-cost long-haul travel, were among the worst six performers last year for arrivals 15 minutes beyond the advertised time, according to information provided to Bloomberg by flight-scheduling specialist OAG.