Now, more punctual than ever! Domestic airlines are doing so well in the punctuality stakes that in August 2015, the latest figures available, on-time arrivals on the Adelaide-Gold Coast route ran at 100%.
For August 2015, on-time performance over all routes operated by participating airlines (Jetstar, Qantas, QantasLink, Regional Express, Tigerair, Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines) soared to new heights, averaging 89.2% for on-time arrivals and 89.7% for on-time departures. Cancellations represented 1.6% of all scheduled flights.
That’s an exceptional performance, even though not as perfect as the Adelaide-Gold Coast route result. The August figures were significantly better than 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 1.4%.
The equivalent figures for August 2014, incidentally, were 83% for arrivals, 84.2% for departures and 1.8% for cancellations, figures collated by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reveal.
In August 2015, Virgin Australia achieved the highest on-time arrivals among the major domestic airlines at 92.7%, followed by Qantas at 92.3%, Tigerair at 87.6% and Jetstar at 87.1%. QantasLink was the best performing regional airline for on-time arrivals at 87.1%, followed by Regional Express at 85.9% and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 85.1%.
The Qantas network (Qantas and QantasLink combined operations) recorded 89.7% for on-time arrivals while the Virgin Australia network (Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines combined operations) recorded 91.2%.
Virgin Australia also achieved the highest level of on-time departures for August 2015 at 93.9%, followed by Qantas at 92.3%, Tigerair at 88.3% and Jetstar at 85.5%. Of the regional airlines, QantasLink recorded 88.0% followed by Regional Express at 87.7% and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 85.9%. The Qantas network recorded 90.1% for on-time departures while the Virgin Australia network recorded 92.3%.
QantasLink had the highest percentage of cancellations (3.3%) during the month, followed by Jetstar (2.0%), Tigerair (1.6%), Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (1.4%), Virgin Australia (1%), Qantas (also 1%) and Regional Express (0.3%).
Of the 63 routes which met the criteria for on-time performance reporting in August 2015, the Adelaide-Gold Coast route had the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (100%) and the highest percentage of on-time departures (98.4%). The Port Macquarie‑Sydney route had the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (65.3%) and the Darwin-Sydney route had the lowest percentage of on-time departures (68.7%).
Cancellations were highest on the Moranbah-Brisbane route at 9.6%, followed by the Brisbane‑Moranbah route at 8.9%, the Karratha-Perth route at 6%, the Sydney-Canberra route at 5.8% and the Canberra-Sydney route at 5.7%.
Newman Airport recorded the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (97.7%) and the highest percentage of on-time departures (96.6%). Port Macquarie Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (75.3%) and Broome Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time departures (73.5%). These figures only refer to reported routes and do not cover all flights at these airports.
Edited by Peter Needham