Qantas Beats Rivals With More On-Time Flights

21st Aug 2014

Qantas has proven, again, its supremacy over its rivals in terms of timeliness of flights. It has bested for the fifth time its closest competitor, Virgin Australia, as the airline with the most on-time flights.

According to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE), during the fiscal year 2013-2014, the flag carrier logged an on-time departure of 87.5%, representing 106,158 number of departures flown out of the total 122,884. It has also posted an 86.4% for on-time arrivals or 104,828 out of the 121,272 of total arrivals.

QantasLink, its regional subsidiary, however, didn't make a similar impression as it posted the most number of flight cancellations with 2.5% of the flights or a total of 2,970 canceled flights to dwell in the cellar. Tigerair came in second with the most number of canceled flights at 2.2%.

BITRE gave a margin of 15 minutes in each departure and arrival if the plane leaves and arrives no later than 15 minutes from the original schedule.

A flight is canceled if it is removed from service within a week or seven days of the original departure date and time.