Thursday, March 10, 2011

Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport the Worst for Late Arrivals and Departures

The Proserpine / Whitsunday Coast Airport had the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals, and had more planes departing late, than any other airport in Australia in 2010. This is according to the latest figures released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE).

The report showed just 72.2% of Brisbane-bound flights departed Proserpine Airport on-time last year, with the number of on-time arrivals from Brisbane also low at 75.1%.

Of some of the other Airports in the region, the data for Hamilton Island Airport showed that flights to Sydney and Brisbane departed on time 77.7% of the time, and that 80.2% of arrivals were on time.

Travellers using Mackay Airport fared much better – 82.8% of its flights to Brisbane were on time and 80.9% of flights from Brisbane were punctual. Also at Mackay Airport, Jetstar had the lowest percentage of on-time Brisbane-bound flights at 77.6% while QantasLink had the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals from Brisbane at 75%.

The BITRE report also revealed Tiger Airways was the worst domestic airline in terms of punctuality. However, no statistics were available for on-time departures and arrivals for the airline's Mackay-Melbourne service, as the report only included data for the Brisbane-Mackay route. Tiger flights were only punctual 72% of the time, but a Tiger Airways spokesperson claimed most Tiger delays were relatively short.

The only thing more frustrating than a flight delay is a cancellation – and Virgin Blue customers suffered the most of them in 2010. The airline had the highest cancellation rate of any airline at 1.5%, canning 2173 flights. Qantas had 1156 cancellations; Jetstar had 605, while Tiger Airways recorded 195.

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