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Qantas leads pack again in latest punctuality stats

September 30, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Australia’s domestic airlines are more punctual than they were a year ago, on average, and they cancel fewer flights. That can’t be bad. Compared to long-term average performance, however, they are roughly level-pegging.

Qantas continues to pull ahead of its domestic rivals in the punctuality stakes – and also to pull far ahead of its low-cost arm, Jetstar, data released by the Bureau of Infrastructure Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) reveals. FIA-250x250

Of the major domestic airlines in the month of August 2013, Qantas achieved the highest level of on-time departures for August 2013 at 88.2%, followed by Virgin Australia at 83.3%, Jetstar at 79.6% and Tigerair at 74.6%.

The regional airlines were led by Regional Express at 88%, followed by QantasLink at 82.9% and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 77.6%.

Qantas also achieved the highest on-time arrivals among the major domestic airlines at 85.9%, followed by Virgin Australia at 80.5%, Jetstar at 78.9% and Tigerair at 67%.

Regional Express was the best performing regional airline for on-time arrivals at 84.9%, followed by QantasLink at 79.2% and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 76%.

For August 2013, on-time performance over all routes operated by participating airlines (Jetstar, Qantas, QantasLink, Regional Express, Tigerair, Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines) averaged 83.8% for on-time departures and 81% for on-time arrivals. Cancellations represented 1.3% of all scheduled flights.

The equivalent figures for August 2012 were 78.3% for departures, 76.2% for arrivals and 2% for cancellations.

This month’s figures were similar to the long term average performance for all routes since the collection began (83.6% for departures and 82.1% for arrivals). The rate of cancellations was also similar to the long term average of 1.3%.

Virgin Australia Regional Airlines had the highest percentage of cancellations (2.1%) during the month, followed by QantasLink (1.8%), Virgin Australia (1.5%) Tigerair (1.2%), Qantas (also 1.2%), Jetstar (1.1%) and Regional Express (0.4%).

Of the 62 routes which met the criteria for on-time performance reporting in August 2013, the Cairns-Townsville route had the highest percentage of on-time departures (95.7%) while the Alice Springs-Sydney route had the lowest percentage of on-time departures (49%). The Adelaide-Gold Coast route had the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (98.6%) while the Sunshine Coast-Melbourne route had the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (55.7%).

Cancellations were highest on the Brisbane-Emerald route at 5.4%, followed by Karratha-Perth at 5.2%, Emerald-Brisbane at 5.1%, Gold Coast-Adelaide at 4.2% and Perth-Karratha at 3.6%.

Port Hedland Airport recorded the highest percentage of on-time departures (93.3%), while Karratha Airport recorded the highest percentage of on time arrivals (95.3%).

Alice Springs Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time departures (54.6%) and Albury Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (61.6%). These figures only refer to reported routes and do not cover all flights at these airports.

Written by : Peter Needham

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