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Year starts punctually with all airlines on best behaviour

March 12, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Australia’s domestic airlines began 2014 on an admirably punctual note. January’s figures, just released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) show that 88.8% of flights departed on time 87.8% arrived on time.

That was significantly better than the long-term average performance for all routes (83.6% for departures and 82.1% for arrivals). Unfortunately for travellers, the rate of cancellations in January rose above the long term average of 1.3%.

Once again, Qantas achieved the highest on-time departures among the major domestic airlines for the month, at 91.4%, followed by 250x250Virgin Australia at 91%, Jetstar at 84.3% and Tigerair at 82.2%. The regional airlines were led by Regional Express at 94.9%, followed by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 89.1% and QantasLink at 85.9%.

Qantas also achieved the highest on-time arrivals for the month, at 91.2%, followed by Virgin Australia at 89.7%, Jetstar at 86.3% and Tigerair at 81.2%. Regional Express was the best performing regional airline for on-time arrivals at 92.4%, followed by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 87.9% and QantasLink at 82.7%.

Jetstar, Qantas, QantasLink, Regional Express, Tigerair, Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines participate in the survey.

QantasLink had the highest percentage of cancellations (2.8%) during the month, followed by Jetstar (1.6%), Virgin Australia (1.2%), Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (also 1.2%), Qantas (1.1%), Tigerair (0.6%) and Regional Express (0.3%).

Cancellations represented 1.5% of all scheduled flights. The equivalent figures for January 2013 were 79.2% for departures, 78.3% for arrivals and 2.4% for cancellations.

Of the 63 routes which met the criteria for on-time performance reporting in January 2014, the Sydney-Townsville route had the highest percentage of on-time departures (98.3%) while the Hobart-Brisbane route had the lowest percentage of on-time departures (62.3%). The Sydney-Alice Springs route achieved the perfect score for on-time arrivals (100%) while the Port Macquarie-Sydney route had the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (73.1%).

Cancellations were highest on the Brisbane-Moranbah route at 10.3%, followed by Moranbah-Brisbane at 9.6%, Proserpine-Brisbane at 7.1%, Sydney-Hamilton Island at 6.6% and Hamilton Island-Sydney at 6.5%.

Mount Isa Airport recorded the highest percentage of on-time departures (96.2%) and the highest percentage of on-time arrivals (98.7%). Newcastle Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on-time departures (78.6%) and the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (82.2%). These figures only refer to reported routes and do not cover all flights at these airports.

Written by : Peter Needham

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