Airlines revive on-time performance in January

Posted: 21 February 2017 1:00 pm

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
Regional Express89.20%92.10%0.20%
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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