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Tigerair cancelled almost 5% of its September flights

November 9, 2013 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Tigerair had the highest percentage of cancellations (4.8%) of Australia’s major domestic airlines during the month of September and over a quarter (26.2%) of its flights departed late, the poorest punctuality score of any domestic airline.

The figures emerge from latest figures release by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) for September 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% for on-time departures and 80.9% for on-time arrivals.  Cancellations represented 1.6% of all scheduled flights.  The equivalent figures for September 2012 were 81.9% for departures, 79.2% for arrivals and 1.3% for cancellations. EGT_Artical Banner A 250x250

This month’s figures were below 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 above the long term average of 1.3%.

Of the major domestic airlines, Qantas achieved the highest level of on-time departures for September 2013 at 86.6%, followed by Virgin Australia at 83.8%, Jetstar at 76.4% and Tigerair at 73.8%.  The regional airlines were led by Regional Express at 90.1%, followed by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 86.4% and QantasLink at 79.5%.

Qantas also achieved the highest on-time arrivals among the major domestic airlines at 85.9%, followed by Virgin Australia at 81.6%, Jetstar at 76.9% and Tigerair at 69.2%. Regional Express was the best performing regional airline for on-time arrivals at 87.8%, followed by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 81.4% and QantasLink at 75.6%.

Tigerair had the highest percentage of cancellations (4.8%) during the month, followed by Jetstar (2.8%), QantasLink (2.6%), Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (1.0%), Virgin Australia (also 1.0%), Qantas (0.9%) and Regional Express (0.4%).

Of the 62 routes which met the criteria for on-time performance reporting in September 2013, the Sydney-Alice Springs route had the highest percentage of on-time departures (93.5%) while the Alice Springs-Melbourne route had the lowest percentage of on-time departures (65.2%). The Adelaide-Canberra route had the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (94.5%) while the Port Macquarie-Sydney route had the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (62.2%).

Cancellations were highest on the Brisbane-Moranbah route at 4.8%, followed by Canberra-Sydney at 4.6%, Moranbah-Brisbane at 4.5%, Sydney-Melbourne at 4.2% and Sydney-Canberra and Melbourne-Sydney both at 4.0%.

Port Hedland Airport recorded the highest percentage of on-time departures (90.3%) and Mount Isa Airport recorded the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (92.2%). Alice Springs Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time departures (67.4%) and Port Macquarie Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (62.6%).

Edited by : Peter Needham

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