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Qantas opens big punctuality lead over competitors

July 31, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Qantas has built up a strong punctuality lead over Virgin Australia and other competitors on its domestic services.

Qantas is now over 5% ahead of the nearest runner-up when it comes to flights departing on time and arriving on time.

Of the major domestic airlines in the month of June 2013, Qantas achieved the highest level of on-time departures for June 2013 at 85%, followed by Virgin Australia atColes-Training_250X250px

79.6%, Jetstar at 76.8% and Tiger Airways at 74.4%.

The regional airlines were led by Regional Express (Rex) at 81.4%, followed by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 76.5% and QantasLink at 75.3 per cent.

For June 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 79.4% for on-time departures and 78.0% for on-time arrivals, according to statistics collated by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE).

Cancellations represented 1.9% of all scheduled flights.  The equivalent figures for June 2012 were 81.6% for departures, 79.1% for arrivals and 1.5% for cancellations.

The May figures were worse than the long-term average performance for all routes since the collection began (83.7% for departures and 82.2% for arrivals). The rate of cancellations was also worse than the long-term average of 1.3%.

Qantas also achieved the highest on-time arrivals among the major domestic

airlines at 84.6%, followed by Virgin Australia at 78.1%, Jetstar at 76.6% and Tiger Airways at 70.4%. Regional Express was the best performing regional airline for on-time arrivals at 79.4%, followed by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 73.8% and QantasLink at 73%.

QantasLink had the highest percentage of cancellations (3%) during the month, followed by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (2.2%), Jetstar (1.9%) Virgin Australia (1.7%), Qantas (1.4%), Regional Express (1.1%) and Tiger Airways (0.8%).

Of the 58 routes which met the criteria for on-time performance reporting in June 2013, the Perth-Darwin route had the highest percentage of on-time departures (94.5%) while he Darwin-Brisbane route had the lowest percentage of on-time departures (41.7%). The Adelaide-Port Lincoln route had the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (92.4%) while the Townsville-Sydney route had the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (52.8%).

Cancellations were highest on the Karratha-Perth route at 6.5%, followed by Perth-Karratha at 6.2%, Emerald-Brisbane at 4.8%, Port Hedland-Perth at 4.7% and Sydney-Melbourne at 4.3%.

Port Lincoln Airport recorded the highest percentage of on-time departures (91.7%) and the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (92.4%). Ayers Rock Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time departures (60.6%) and Port Macquarie Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (59.1%). These figures only refer to reported routes and do not cover all flights at these airports.

Edited by : Peter Needham

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