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Virgin won Aussie domestic punctuality stakes for 2015

April 5, 2016 Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Virgin Australia took top honours for punctual take offs and landings on Australian domestic routes last year – and domestic airlines generally are becoming more punctual.

Latest figures compiled by the Bureau of Transport Infrastructure and Regional Economics (BITRE) show on-time performance over all routes operated by participating airlines (Jetstar, Qantas, QantasLink, Regional Express, Tigerair, Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines) averaged 86% for on-time arrivals and 87% for on-time departures.

Cancellations represented 1.6% of all scheduled flights.  The equivalent figures for 2014 were 84.3% for arrivals, 85.8% for departures and 1.5% for cancellations.

The figures for 2015 were above the long term average performance for all routes (82.6% for arrivals and 84.1% for departures). The rate of cancellations was higher than the long term average of 1.4%.http://eventscrm.ttgasia.com/ttg2016/itcma/buyer/itcma_buyer.asp?code=GlobalTravelMedia

Virgin Australia achieved the highest on-time arrivals among the major domestic airlines at 89.3%, followed by Qantas at 88.6%, Tigerair at 83% and Jetstar at 80.3%. Regional Express (Rex) was the best performing regional airline for on-time arrivals at 85.3%, followed by QantasLink at 85.2% and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 84.2%.

The Qantas network (Qantas and QantasLink combined operations) recorded 86.9% for on-time arrivals while the Virgin Australia network (Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines combined operations) recorded 88.4%.

Virgin Australia also achieved the highest level of on-time departures for 2015 at 90.8%, followed by Qantas at 89.6%, Tigerair at 84.6% and Jetstar at 78.2%.  The regional airlines were led by Regional Express at 88.2%, followed by QantasLink at 86.7% and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 85.7%. The Qantas network recorded 88.1% for on-time departures while the Virgin Australia network recorded 89.8%.

QantasLink had the highest percentage of cancellations (2.5%) during 2015, followed by Jetstar (2.1%), Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (2%), Virgin Australia (1.5%), Qantas (1.1%), Tigerair (0.9%) and Regional Express (0.3%).

Of the 61 routes which met the criteria for on-time performance reporting for all 12 months in 2015, the Newman-Perth route had the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (94.9%) and the Brisbane-Mount Isa and Perth-Newman routes had the highest percentage of on-time departures (both at 95.4%). The Port Macquarie-Sydney route had the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (66.4%) and the Sunshine Coast-Melbourne route had the lowest percentage of on-time departures (73.3%).

Cancellations were highest on the Canberra-Sydney route at 5.3%, followed by the Moranbah-Brisbane route at 5.2%, the Sydney-Canberra route at 5.1%, the Brisbane‑Moranbah route at 4.9% and the Gladstone-Brisbane route at 3.5%.

Newman Airport recorded the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (94.8%) and the highest percentage of on-time departures (95.3%). Port Macquarie Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (72.6%) and the lowest percentage of on-time departures (73.8%). These figures only refer to reported routes and do not cover all flights at these airports.

Edited by Peter Needham

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