Airlines revive on-time performance in January

Peter Terlato 21 February 2017 NEWS

Melbourne Airport, Victoria

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.

The figures were a vast improvement on last month, reversing the downward trend started late last year.

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%).

AirlineOn-time arrivalsOn-time departuresCancellations
Jetstar81.20%76.40%1.00%
Qantas91.70%91.50%0.50%
QantasLink86.10%86.60%2.20%
Regional Express89.20%92.10%0.20%
Tigerair Australia79.00%77.50%1.50%
Virgin Australia91.60%91.70%0.90%
Virgin Australia Regional Airlines90.30%92.10%2.00%
All Airlines87.60%87.20%1.10%

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.

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