Airline punctuality still below average but Qantas beats competition


New data has shown that domestic flights are still plagued by poor punctuality and cancellations.

The Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics has released its latest data which showed almost 35 per cent of domestic flights did not depart at the scheduled time in December.

Looking at Bonza, Jetstar, Qantas and Virgin Australia, along with regional airlines QantasLink, Virgin Australia Regional Airlines, Rex Airlines and Skytrans, the data showed an average of 63.6 per cent of flights arrived on time, while an average of almost 65.2 per cent departed on time compared with over 70 per cent of flights arriving and leaving on schedule in December 2022.

Qantas staged a comeback as the most punctual with 70.2 per cent departing on time. Jetstar came in at 62.1 per cent and Virgin Australia at 56.2 per cent.

Bonza saw just over half of its flights arrive and depart on time, while nearly 20 per cent were cancelled in December. Skytrans saw 9 per cent of its flights cancelled with Virgin Australia at 7.5 per cent.

The weather played its part in the results with Cyclone Jasper causing havoc with airline schedules on the east coast.