Tiger Airways has slipped back into last place for on-time performance but says the drop is only temporary.
BITRE figures for August show Qantas and Virgin Australia tied with an 82.3 per cent on-time arrival rate, followed by Jetstar at 78.1 per cent and Tiger at 73.4 per cent.
Tiger had dramatically improved its on-time performance after returning from a CASA-imposed grounding last year, regularly leading the on-time rankings in the 11 months since.
The August slip comes as the budget carrier opens a second base of operations in Sydney and continues to expand its flight offerings, which had been dramatically curtailed by regulators. Tiger’s poor on-time performance prior to the grounding was blamed in part on an overstretched network.
But Tiger says the recent arrival of an 11th A320 aircraft will help ensure that the downturn is only temporary.