Airlines boost on-time performance in April
Higher month-on-month and above long term averages.
Australian airlines' arrivals, departures and cancellations figures enjoyed significant month-on-month results across all routes, while premium carrier Qantas Airways outperformed rival Virgin Australia.
The latest domestic airline on-time performance stats from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) show on-time arrivals averaged 85.4% and on-time departures 85.1% in April 2017, decidedly higher than long-term arrivals (82.8%) and departures (84.1%) averages.
Results were a step-up from last month, when arrivals averaged 76.7% and departures averaged 78.3%.
Just 1.1% of all scheduled flights were cancelled last month, well below the long-term average of 1.4%.
Qantas (88.9%) had the best on-time arrivals among major airlines, followed closely by Virgin Australia (87.6%). Qantas also achieved the highest on-time departures (89.6%), while Virgin trailed (88.0%).
|Airline||On-time arrivals||On-time departures||Cancellations|
|Virgin Australia Regional Airlines||91.50%||91.60%||0.60%|
Virgin Australia Regional Airlines recorded the best on-time departures result (91.5%).
Jetstar was the worst performing airline for both on-time arrivals (77.6%) and departures (73.5%).
Regional carrier QantasLink recorded the highest percentage of cancellations (3.9%) during April.
Passengers flying from Launceston‑Sydney suffered the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (60.0%) as well as the worst on-time departures (55.3%).
Cancellations were highest on the Rockhampton-Brisbane route at 34.3%.
Choosing the right time to fly can cut costs but early and late flights are likelier to incur cancellations.