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Qantas, Rex take on-time honours for June

written by australianaviation.com.au | July 29, 2014
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Qantas and Rex were Australia’s two most punctual airlines in June. (Seth Jaworski)

Qantas and Regional Express were Australia’s two most punctual airlines in June, new figures show.

Qantas led all the major domestic carriers with 86.6 per cent of its flights departing within 15 minutes of their scheduled departure in June, the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics report said.

Next best was Virgin Australia at 83.8 per cent, followed by Jetstar (80.8 per cent) and Tigerair (72.3 per cent).

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The Flying Kangaroo also had the highest percentage of on-time arrivals, with 85.4 per cent of flights reaching the gate within 15 minutes of schedule, ahead of Virgin (82.4 per cent), Jetstar (81.1 per cent) and Tigerair (68.4 per cent).

Regional Express was the leading regional carrier with 86 per cent of flights departing on time in June, ahead of Virgin Australia regional on 82.9 per cent and QantasLink on 80.9 per cent.

The best route for on-time departures was Perth-Port Hedland, where 97 per cent of all flights left within 15 minutes of schedule.

Elsewhere, Tigerair had the highest percentage of cancellations at 3.2 per cent, with QantasLink next on 2.1 per cent followed by Virgin Australia (2 per cent) and Jetstar (1.9 per cent).

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2 Comments

  • Russ

    says:

    Question: can anyone outline the deal in relation to departure slots at Melbourne (Tullamarine) and Sydney airports? I have often wondered whether certain large airlines that are often punctual (not to mention any names!) have preferrential arrangements with the airport or are able to leap frog their subsidiary budget airlines to ensure on-time departure.

  • Russell M

    says:

    What’s always interesting with this stats is the “fudge factor” build into the timetables these days. I think (not 100% sure) that on time is within 15 minutes of scheduled arrival, yet the sector times in the timetable are quite “generous” now, so to speak. Hence if a flight runs to the non-fudge time, it ponks in 15 minutes “early”.

    Would be interesting to see the real stats sometime.

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