Airlines boost on-time performance in April

Peter Terlato 19 May 2017 NEWS

Sydney Airport, Australia

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
All Airlines 85.40% 85.10% 2.10%
Jetstar 77.60% 73.50% 1.60%
Qantas 88.90% 89.60% 1.20%
QantasLink 86.10% 87.80% 3.90%
Regional Express 84.70% 87.30% 0.80%
Tigerair Australia 78.10% 77.40% 1.40%
Virgin Australia 87.60% 88.00% 2.50%
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.

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