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Finally, more domestic flights are departing on time

July 2, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Now more than ever, Australia’s domestic airlines are departing on time – though some are more punctual than others.

On-time departures figures for May, collected by the Department of Infrastructure, Transport & Regional Economics, show overall performance was above the long term average performance for all routes since the collection began. If you wanted to depart or arrive on time in May, Qantas was your best bet.

Of the major domestic airlines, Qantas achieved the highest level of on-time departures for May EGT_Artical Banner B 250x2502013 at 87.2%, followed by Tiger Airways at 85.1%, Virgin Australia at 83.8% and Jetstar at 80.1%.  The regional airlines were led by Regional Express at 88.7%, followed by QantasLink at 82.3% and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 80.6%.

For May 2013, on-time performance over all routes operated by participating airlines (Jetstar, Qantas, QantasLink, Regional Express, Tiger Airways, Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines) averaged 84.3% for on-time departures, and 82.1% for on-time arrivals.  Cancellations represented 1.8% of all scheduled flights.  The equivalent figures for May 2012 were 84.9% for departures, 83.5% for arrivals and 1.1% for cancellations.

While on-time departures reached an all-time high, May’s on-time arrivals were slightly below the long term average of 82.3%. The rate of cancellations was worse than the long term average of 1.3%.

Qantas also achieved the highest on-time arrivals among the major domestic airlines at 85.3%, followed by Virgin Australia at 81.8%, Tiger Airways at 79.9% and Jetstar at 79.6%. Regional Express was the best performing regional airline for on-time arrivals at 86.4%, followed by QantasLink at 79.5% and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 77.8%.

QantasLink had the highest percentage of cancellations (3.2%) during the month, followed by Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (both at 2.1%), Qantas (1.4%), Jetstar (0.7%) and Tiger Airways and Regional Express (both at 0.6%).

Of the 58 routes which met the criteria for on-time performance reporting in May 2013, the Adelaide-Gold Coast route had the highest percentage of on-time departures (93.5%) and the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (98.4%). The Launceston-Sydney route had the lowest percentage of on-time departures (65.3%) and the Newcastle-Brisbane route had the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (63.5%).

Cancellations were highest on the Gladstone-Brisbane route at 8.6%, followed by Brisbane-Gladstone at 7.4%, Canberra-Sydney at 6.0%, Sydney-Canberra at 5.6% and Emerald-Brisbane at 5.1%.

Port Lincoln Airport recorded the highest percentage of on-time departures (92.3%) and the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (91.3%). Port Macquarie Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time departures (70.4%) and the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (70.7%). These figures only refer to reported routes and do not cover all flights at these airports.

Edited by : Peter Needham

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