A flight is regarded as a cancellation if it is ca

first_imgA flight is regarded as a cancellation if it is cancelled or rescheduled less than 7 days prior to its scheduled departure time. Every month, the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) releases statistics on the punctuality of Australian airlines, with January 2017 figures showing an average 87.6% for on time arrivals and 87.2% for on time departures. Cancellations represented 1.1 per cent of all scheduled flights.This month’s on time arrivals figure was higher than the long-term average performance for all routes (82.8 per cent) and the on time departures figure was also higher than the long-term average (84.2 per cent). The rate of cancellations was higher than the long-term average of 1.4%.Qantas achieved the highest on time arrivals among the major domestic airlines at 91.7%, closely followed by Virgin Australia at 91.6%, Jetstar at 81.2% and Tigerair Australia at 79.0%.When it came to regional airlines, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines achieved the highest on time arrivals at 90.3%, followed by Regional Express at 89.2% and QantasLink at 86.1%.Virgin Australia achieved the highest level of on time departures out of the major domestic airlines at 91.7%, followed by Qantas at 91.5%, Tigerair Australia at 77.5% and Jetstar at 76.4%.Regional Express and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines cent were equal best performing regional airlines for on time departures at 92.1%, followed by QantasLink at 86.6%.But what does ‘on time’ really mean?Here is the definition from the BITRE website, showing that 15 minutes either way still classifies as on time … although perhaps not for the people waiting for flight arrivals, with one eye on how much it is costing to wait another 15 minutes when paying the steep car parking charges at airports!A flight arrival is counted as “on time” if it arrived at the gate within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time shown in the carriers’ schedule. Neither diverted nor cancelled flights count as on time. Similarly, a flight departure is counted as “on time” if it departs the gate within 15 minutes of the scheduled departure time shown in the carriers’ schedule. BITREJetstarqantasRegional ExpressVirgin Australialast_img