Airlines revive on-time performance in January
Qantas and Virgin evenly matched in monthly stats.
Australian airlines' arrivals, departures and cancellations figures showed immense improvement month-on-month across all routes, while rivals Qantas and Virgin Australia were relatively evenly matched.
The latest domestic airline on-time performance stats from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) show on-time arrivals averaged 87.6% and on-time departures 87.2% in January 2017, significantly higher than long-term arrivals (82.7%) and departures (84.2%) averages.
Just 1.1% of all scheduled flights were cancelled last month, well below the long-term average of 1.4%.
Qantas (91.7%) had the best on-time arrivals among major airlines, followed closely by Virgin Australia (91.6%). However, Virgin achieved the highest on-time departures (91.7%), trailed by Qantas (91.5%).
|Airline||On-time arrivals||On-time departures||Cancellations|
|Virgin Australia Regional Airlines||90.30%||92.10%||2.00%|
Virgin Australia Regional Airlines and Regional Express enjoyed the best on-time departures (92.1%).
Jetstar was the worst performing airline for both on-time arrivals (81.2%) and departures (76.4%).
Regional carrier QantasLink recorded the highest percentage of cancellations (2.2%) during January.
Passengers flying from Townsville-Sydney suffered the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (68.5%), while those who flew Sydney-Townsville experienced the worst on-time departures (65.5%).
Cancellations were highest on the Karratha-Perth route at 6.5%.
Choosing the right time to fly can cut costs but early and late flights are likelier to incur cancellations.