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egtmedia59Qantas and Virgin Australia continue to duel to be the most punctual domestic carrier in Australia in terms of on-time departures and arrivals. In June 2015, Virgin Australia was ahead for punctual departures and arrivals.

Monthly statistics on performance show both carriers are reaching unprecedented levels of punctuality. 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. In May, Qantas regained the lead, but the latest figures, for June, show Virgin Australia edged ahead again.

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In June 2015, Virgin Australia achieved the highest on-time arrivals among the major domestic airlines at 92.1%, followed by Qantas at 90.7%, Tigerair at 87.5% and Jetstar at 83.4%. QantasLink was the best performing regional airline for on-time arrivals at 86.1%, followed by Regional Express at 85.3% and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 84.8%.

The Qantas network (Qantas and QantasLink combined operations) recorded 88.3% for on-time arrivals while the Virgin Australia network (Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines combined operations) recorded 90.7%, figures collated by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) show.

Virgin Australia also achieved the highest level of on-time departures for June 2015 at 93.2%, followed by Qantas at 91.4%, Tigerair at 89.5% and Jetstar at 81.8%.  The regional airlines were led by Regional Express at 88.1%, followed by QantasLink at 87.4% and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 85.2%. The Qantas network recorded 89.4% for on-time departures while the Virgin Australia network recorded 91.7%.

For June 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 87.9% for on-time arrivals and 88.8% for on-time departures.  Cancellations represented 1.5% of all scheduled flights.  The equivalent figures for June 2014 were 81.3% for arrivals, 83.1% for departures and 1.8% for cancellations.

June’s figures were above the long-term average performance for all routes (82.5% for arrivals and 84% for departures). The rate of cancellations was higher than the long-term average of 1.3%.

Virgin Australia achieved the highest on-time arrivals among the major domestic airlines at 92.1%, followed by Qantas at 90.7%, Tigerair at 87.5% and Jetstar at 83.4%. QantasLink was the best performing regional airline for on-time arrivals at 86.1%, followed by Regional Express at 85.3% and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 84.8%. The Qantas network (Qantas and QantasLink combined operations) recorded 88.3% for on-time arrivals while the Virgin Australia network (Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines combined operations) recorded 90.7%.

Virgin Australia also achieved the highest level of on-time departures for June 2015 at 93.2%, followed by Qantas at 91.4%, Tigerair at 89.5% and Jetstar at 81.8%.  The regional airlines were led by Regional Express at 88.1%, followed by QantasLink at 87.4% and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 85.2%. The Qantas network recorded 89.4% for on-time departures while the Virgin Australia network recorded 91.7%.

QantasLink had the highest percentage of cancellations (2.5%) during the month, followed by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (2.2%), Jetstar (1.5%), Virgin Australia (1.4%), Qantas (1.2%), Tigerair (0.7%) and Regional Express (0.3%).

Airlines’ on-time performance varies across the routes they serve. Of the 64 routes which met the criteria for on-time performance reporting in June 2015, the Canberra-Adelaide route had the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (100% – hard to beat that) and the Melbourne-Hamilton Island route had the highest percentage of on-time departures (also 100.0%). The Darwin-Sydney route had the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (70.7%) and the lowest percentage of on-time departures (also 70.7%).

Cancellations were highest on the Canberra-Sydney route at 5.1%, followed by the Sydney-Canberra route at 4.6%, the Launceston-Melbourne route at 4.5%, the Gladstone-Brisbane route at 4.3% and the Melbourne-Launceston and Brisbane‑Gladstone routes at 3.9%.

Port Hedland Airport recorded the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (94.7%) and Newman Airport recorded the highest percentage of on-time departures (96.7%). Albury Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (75.4%) and Broome Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time departures (73.0%). These figures only refer to reported routes and do not cover all flights at these airports.

Edited by Peter Needham

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