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How on-time is that! Punctuality reaches fever pitch

October 14, 2015 Aviation, Headline News 2 Comments Email Email
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egtmedia59Now, 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. http://www.centarahotelsresorts.com/b2b/TravelIndustry.asp?utm_source=eglobal&utm_medium=banner&utm_campaign=eglobal-b2b&FBTrack=CUST-B2BINDUSTRY

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

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Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. Frank Tate says:

    When I flew with Qantas four minutes or more was considered a delay. What is it today?

  2. Peter Needham says:

    That’s a good point Frank. BITRE’s definition is a lot more elastic that 4 minutes. A flight arrival is counted as having arrived ”on time” if it arrived at the gate before 15 minutes after the scheduled arrival time shown in the carriers’ schedule. Neither diverted nor cancelled flights count as on time.

    A flight departure is counted as “on time” if it departs the gate before 15 minutes after the scheduled departure time shown in the carriers’ schedule.

    A flight removed from service within 7 days of scheduled departure is regarded as a cancellation.

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