Virgin Australia Most Punctual National Carrier in April

24th May 2016

Virgin Australia bested Qantas Airways and the other carriers in Australia for the second month in a row to become the most punctual airline in the country for April.

According to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) report for April, a combined Virgin Australia and Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) networks had 91.8 per cent of their flights arrive within the 15-minute mark.

On the other side, the combined networks of Qantas and QantasLink had 89.4 per cent of their flights arrived within 15 minutes of their scheduled time last month.

The situation was similar when it comes to departures. In this category, the combined Virgin Australia/VARA network had 92.8 per cent depart on time, or within 15 minutes of schedule. Qantas/QantasLink combined network were at 89.6 per cent.

It should also be pointed out that Virgin Australia Regional Airlines was the only one to drop in punctuality. All other carriers in Australia improved their on-time arrivals and departure performances in the previous month.

In the regional sector, Regional Express (Rex) topped the list for the last month, while Tigerair held onto its place as the most punctual low-cost carrier, ahead of Jetstar.

Here are BITRE's on-time arrival figures for April, with the percentage change from the previous month in the brackets:

1. Virgin Australia 92.1% (+3.9)

2. Qantas 90.8% (+3.3)

3. Tigerair 89.6% (+8.4)

4. Rex 88.3% (+5.2)

5. QantasLink 88.0% (+2.2)

6. Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) 84.7% (-5.6)

7. Jetstar 82.9% (+3.6)

On-time departures for April (the change from previous month is indicated in the brackets)

1. Virgin Australia 93.0% (+3.5)

2. Rex 91.4% (+4.5)

3. Qantas 91.3% (+2.3)