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Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics

Airline On Time Performance Statistics – Monthly

Summary – June 2014

For June 2014, on time performance over all routes operated by participating airlines (Jetstar, Qantas, QantasLink, Regional Express, Tigerair, Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines) averaged 83.1 per cent for on time departures and 81.3 per cent for on time arrivals.  Cancellations represented 1.8 per cent of all scheduled flights.  The equivalent figures for June 2013 were 79.4 per cent for departures, 78.0 per cent for arrivals and 1.9 per cent for cancellations.

This month’s figures were below the long term average performance for all routes (83.7 per cent for departures and 82.2 per cent for arrivals). The rate of cancellations was above the long term average of 1.3 per cent.

Of the major domestic airlines, Qantas achieved the highest level of on time departures for June 2014 at 86.6 per cent, followed by Virgin Australia at 83.8 per cent, Jetstar at 80.8 per cent and Tigerair at 72.3 per cent.  The regional airlines were led by Regional Express at 86.7 per cent, followed by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 82.9 per cent and QantasLink at 80.9 per cent.

Qantas also achieved the highest on time arrivals among the major domestic airlines at 85.4 per cent, followed by Virgin Australia at 82.4 per cent, Jetstar at 81.1 per cent and Tigerair at 68.4 per cent. Regional Express was the best performing regional airline for on time arrivals at 84.0 per cent, followed by Virgin Australia Regional Airlines at 81.1 per cent and QantasLink at 77.8 per cent.

Tigerair had the highest percentage of cancellations (3.2 per cent) during the month, followed by QantasLink (2.1 per cent), Virgin Australia (2.0 per cent), Jetstar (1.9 per cent), Qantas (1.6 per cent), Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (1.3 per cent) and Regional Express (0.4 per cent).

Of the 63 routes which met the criteria for on time performance reporting in June 2014, the Perth-Port Hedland route had the highest percentage of on time departures (97.0 per cent) and the Gold Coast-Adelaide route had the highest percentage of on time arrivals (96.6 per cent). The Townsville-Sydney route had the lowest percentage of on time departures (48.9 per cent) and the Melbourne-Sunshine Coast route had the lowest percentage of on time arrivals (64.4 per cent).

Cancellations were highest on the Canberra-Sydney route at 5.3 per cent, followed by Sydney Canberra at 5.2 per cent, Sydney-Melbourne at 4.9 per cent, Melbourne-Sydney at 4.8 per cent and Moranbah-Brisbane at 4.6 per cent.

Newman Airport recorded the highest percentage of on time departures (95.2 per cent) and Port Hedland Airport recorded the highest percentage of on time arrivals (96.4 per cent). Alice Springs Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on time departures (63.4 per cent) and Hobart Airport recorded the lowest percentage of on time arrivals (74.3 per cent). These figures only refer to reported routes and do not cover all flights at these airports.

Table 1: Total Industry On Time Performance for June 2014
  Sectors Departures On Time Arrivals On Time Cancellations
Scheduled Flown No. % No. % No. %
Jetstar 6444 6320 5109 80.8 5128 81.1 124 1.9
Qantas 9430 9280 8040 86.6 7929 85.4 150 1.6
QantasLink 10447 10225 8273 80.9 7952 77.8 222 2.1
Regional Express 5320 5298 4595 86.7 4452 84.0 22 0.4
Tigerair 1991 1928 1393 72.3 1318 68.4 63 3.2
Virgin Australia 10760 10547 8841 83.8 8688 82.4 213 2.0
Virgin Australia Regional Airlines 2534 2502 2074 82.9 2028 81.1 32 1.3
All Airlines 46926 46100 38325 83.1 37495 81.3 826 1.8

 

Figure 1: Total Industry On Time Performance by month from June 2011