Australian domestic airlines are becoming more punctual than ever, and that’s official.
Latest figures, covering the month of April 2016, show that on-time performance over all routes operated by participating airlines (Jetstar, Qantas, QantasLink, Regional Express, Tigerair Australia, Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines) averaged 88.9% for on-time arrivals and 89.3% for on-time departures. The equivalent figures for April 2015 were 82.2% for arrivals, 83.9% for departures and 1.7% for cancellations.
April’s on-time arrivals figure was better than the long term average performance for all routes (82.8%) and the on-time departures figure was also better than the long term average (84.2%). The rate of cancellations was 1.1% of all scheduled flights – lower than the long-term average of 1.4%.
Virgin Australia achieved the highest on-time arrivals among the major domestic airlines at 92.1% followed by Qantas at 90.8%, Tigerair Australia at 89.6% and Jetstar at 82.9%. Regional Express was the best performing regional airline for on-time arrivals at 88.3%, followed by QantasLink at 88% and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 84.7%, figures released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reveal.
The Qantas network (Qantas and QantasLink combined operations) recorded 89.4% for on-time arrivals while the Virgin Australia network (Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines combined operations) recorded 91.8%.
Virgin Australia also achieved the highest level of on-time departures for April 2016 at 93%, followed by Qantas at 91.3%, Tigerair Australia at 90.6% and Jetstar at 79.7%. Of the regional airlines, Regional Express recorded 91.4% followed by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 88.2% and QantasLink at 88.1%. The Qantas network recorded 89.6% for on-time departures while the Virgin Australia network recorded 92.8%.
QantasLink recorded the highest percentage of cancellations (2.5%) during the month, followed by Jetstar (1.1%), Qantas (0.9%), Virgin Australia (0.6%), Regional Express and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (both 0.5%) and Tigerair Australia (0.1%).
Airlines’ on-time performance varies across the routes they serve. Of the 66 routes which met the criteria for on-time performance reporting in April 2016, the Brisbane-Proserpine route had the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (100% – hard to beat that one!) and the Darwin-Alice Springs route had the highest percentage of on-time departures (97.2%).
The Launceston‑Sydney route had the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (73.3%) and the Hamilton Island‑Sydney route had the lowest percentage of on-time departures (68.1%).
Cancellations were highest on the Brisbane-Moranbah route at 8.8%, followed by the Moranbah-Brisbane route at 7.2%, the Sydney-Canberra route at 3.9%, the Canberra-Sydney route at 3.8% and the Newcastle-Brisbane route at 3.5%.
Edited by Peter Needham