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Airline punctuality soars as Qantas duels with Virgin

July 2, 2015 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Australian domestic airline punctuality is improving as Qantas duels with Virgin, not over capacity for a change, but for the honour of being the most punctual airline in the skies.

After a long run of dominance in the field by Qantas, Virgin pulled ahead and has held the lead recently as the most on-time carrier. Latest statistics, however, indicate that Qantas has edged ahead again.

For May 2015, Qantas achieved the highest on-time arrivals among the major domestic airlines at 89.6%, according to data collated by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE).http://www.uhotelsresorts.com/specialoffers-en.html

Qantas was followed during the month by Virgin Australia at 88.8%, Jetstar at 84.3% and Tigerair at 82.2%. Regional Express was the best performing regional airline for on-time arrivals at 86%, followed by QantasLink at 85.1% and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 83.4%.

The Qantas network (Qantas and QantasLink combined operations) recorded 87.3% for on-time arrivals while the Virgin Australia network (Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines combined operations) recorded 87.8%.

Qantas also achieved the highest level of on-time departures for May 2015 at 90.8%, followed by Virgin Australia at 90.3%, Tigerair at 84.6% and Jetstar at 84.0%. Regional Express led the regional airlines at 88.5% in the on-time departures stakes, followed by QantasLink at 86.8% and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 84.7%. The Qantas network recorded 88.7% for on-time departures while the Virgin Australia network recorded 89.2%.

For May 2015, on-time performance over all routes operated by participating airlines (Jetstar, Qantas, QantasLink, Regional Express, Tigerair, Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines) averaged 86.6% for on-time arrivals and 88% for on-time departures.

Cancellations represented 1.7% of all scheduled flights.  The equivalent figures for May 2014 were 87.1% for arrivals, 88.4% for departures and 1.2% for cancellations.

This month’s figures were above the long-term average performance for all routes (82.4% for arrivals and 83.9% for departures). The rate of cancellations was higher than the long-term average of 1.3%.

QantasLink had the highest percentage of cancellations (2.6%) during the month, followed by Virgin Australia (2.4%), Jetstar (1.5%), Tigerair (also 1.5%), Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (1.3%), Qantas (also 1.3%) and Regional Express (0.2%).

Airlines’ on-time performance varies across the routes they serve. Of the 62 routes which met the criteria for on-time performance reporting in May 2015, the Perth-Darwin route had the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (100% – hard to beat that one!) and the highest percentage of on-time departures (98.6%).

Port Macquarie-Sydney route had the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (64.5%) and the Hamilton Island-Sydney route had the lowest percentage of on-time departures (69%).

Cancellations were highest on the Canberra-Sydney route at 5.5%, followed by the Sydney-Canberra route at 5%, the Sydney-Melbourne route at 4.8%, the Melbourne-Sydney route at 4.5% and the Brisbane-Rockhampton route at 4.3%.

Newman Airport recorded the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (97.8%) and the highest percentage of on-time departures (97.2%). Ayers Rock Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (69.4%) and Port Macquarie Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time departures (72.1%). These figures only refer to reported routes and do not cover all flights at these airports.

Edited by Peter Needham

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