Tuesday, January 27, 2009

On time performance drops among Australian airlines

During 2008, major Australian carriers departed on time 80.6 per cent of the time, which was a decline of 6.3 points over the previous year.

On-time arrival figures showed a rise of 6.8 points, up to 78.8 per cent, while the number of flights cancelled rose by 0.8 per cent, to 1.7 per cent of all scheduled services.

The highest level of on time departures for 2007-2008 was achieved by Virgin Blue, which reported 80.3 per cent. Qantas came in next at 79.1 per cent, followed by Jetstar at 78.4 per cent.

Of the domestic routes meeting criteria for on-time reporting for the 12-month period, the Canberra–Adelaide route saw the highest rate for on-time departures, at 90.9 per cent, while the lowest was seen on the Perth?? Brisbane route at 62.1 per cent.

The Melbourne?? Sydney route saw the highest cancellation level, at 11.5 per cent, followed by the Sydney-Melbourne route, at 11.3 per cent, the Brisbane–Sydney route, at 10.4 per cent and the Sydney–Brisbane route, at 10.3 per cent.

New data indicate that the number of passengers on Australian domestic flights reached 49.98 million during the period, which was an increase of 7.6 per cent over the previous year.

Australia’s international air passenger arrivals and departures totalled 23.5 million for 2008, which was an increase of 1.1 million over the previous year.