Australian airlines perform poorly in December

Peter Terlato 23 January 2017

Sydney Airport, Australia

On-time averages have fallen every month since August.

Australian airlines' arrivals, departures and cancellations figures were poorer month-on-month across all routes, while Qantas outperformed rival Virgin Australia for the top spot, according to the latest statistics.

The latest domestic airline on-time performance stats from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) show that domestic airlines on-time arrivals averaged 80% and on-time departures 80.8% in December. Long-term arrivals (82.7%) and departures (84.2%) averages were higher.

December's figures were poorer than last month's, continuing the downward trend started in September.

2.1% of all scheduled flights were cancelled last month, an increase on the long-term average of 1.4%.

Qantas achieved the best figures, among major airlines, for both arrivals (83.5%) and departures (85.6%).

AirlineOn-time arrivalsOn-time departuresCancellations
Jetstar69.00%65.90%2.40%
Qantas83.50%85.60%1.20%
QantasLink81.80%82.40%2.30%
Regional Express82.70%86.60%0.20%
Tigerair Australia73.70%74.60%2.30%
Virgin Australia83.10%84.40%2.10%
Virgin Australia Regional Airlines87.30%87.30%0.70%
All Airlines80.00%80.80%1.80%

However, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines realised the highest on-time arrivals and departures (87.3%).

Jetstar was the worst performing airline for both on-time arrivals (69%) and departures (65.9%).

The budget carrier also recorded the highest percentage of cancellations (2.4%) during December.

Passengers flying from Hobart‑Melbourne suffered the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals (62.8%), while those who flew Townsville‑Sydney experienced the worst on-time departures (56.1%).

Cancellations were highest on the Mount Isa-Brisbane route at 5.6%.

Over the last 12 months discount airfare prices across Australia have decreased. Choosing the right time of day to fly can cut costs but early morning and late night flights are likelier to incur cancellations.

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