Virgin Australia Retains Most Punctual Airline Title

25th Mar 2015

Virgin Australia, Australia?s second biggest airline, has preserved its distinction as the country?s most punctual airline for the fourth month in a row.

The latest data from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) revealed that Virgin took the lead among Australian carriers in February thanks to its on-time departure rate of 91.6 percent, and on-time arrival rate of 89.2 per cent.

According to BITRE, an on-time flight comprises an arrival or departure within 15 minutes of flight schedule. Virgin has earned the distinction of having the best on-time percentage each month since November 2014.

Virgin took the lead from Qantas, which held the distinction in on-time statistics for 2013 and majority of 2014. Qantas received an on-time departure rating of 90.1 percent and on-time arrival of 88.2 percent.

Virgin Australia Regional took the third spot on both on-time statistics (90.5 percent in on time departures and 87.6 percent in on-time arrivals), beating Rex, QantasLink, Jetstar, and Tigerair.

Jetstar received a rating of 84 percent on-time departures and 84.9 percent on-time arrivals). Tigerair Australia was last in the pack with 83 percent on-time departures and 81.2 percent on-time arrivals. Meanwhile, Regional Express (Rex) received 89.6 percent on-time departures and 85.8 percent on-time arrivals.

The Perth-Darwin route had a perfect month in February, as the entire 62 scheduled flights left Perth on time. In contrast, 61 of those 62 flights, or 98.4 percent, arrived on time. Qantas and Virgin serve this route.

November 2014 was the recent month that garnered a perfect score, as all Adelaide-Gold Coast flights? departures were on time.