Both Qantas and Virgin Australia have claimed the win for on-time performance during the last financial year.
Qantas said government statistics covering June gave it an 84.4 per cent on-time rating for the fiscal year, topping Virgin Australia’s 82.9 per cent and Jetstar’s 76.4 per cent.
Virgin, meanwhile, reckoned that the June numbers gave it a financial year total of 82.7 per cent on-time performance. That put it above the “Qantas brand of airlines” – Qantas and QantasLink – at 81.2 per cent, and the “Qantas group of airlines” – the previous two plus Jetstar — at 80.1 per cent.
On-time performance for June was led by Tiger Airways at 86.7 per cent, according to the figures released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics. That continued Tiger’s much improved punctuality since returning from a CASA imposed grounding more than a year ago. Virgin reported 86.3 per cent on-time performance for the month, followed by Qantas at 86.2 per cent and Jetstar at 78.3 per cent.
Among regional carriers, Regional Express flights departed on time 84.8 per cent of the time, following by Virgin’s ATR/Fokker 100 operations at 84.1 per cent, Skywest at 75.9 per cent and QantasLink at 70.7 per cent.