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May 24, 2016 Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Australian 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%.http://www.banyantree.com/en/ap-thailand-phuket-doublepool-villas

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

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