Saturday, 28 April 2018

Australia's worst routes for delays or cancellations

Found this story this morning from the Sydney Morning Herald and found it very interesting.

Consumer advocates are calling for a fixed compensation scheme for airline passengers who are put out by delayed or cancelled flights,  as data reveals that one in every five services between Australia's two largest cities is running late. Data supplied by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics show that flights between Sydney and Melbourne were plagued with below-average performances for the year to February, with 24 per cent of southbound flights and 22 per cent heading north arriving late across all airlines. The average rate for delayed arrivals across Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Tigerair and Regional Express for all domestic services was 18 per cent for the period. Melbourne Airport expects that delays will get worse, predicting that its domestic on-time performance to fall from better than 80 per cent on most days now to as low as 60 per cent by 2022, when it hopes to have a third runway operational to ease congestion. Eight of the 10 worst services in Australia for the period were operated by Tigerair, topped by its Canberra-Brisbane service which arrived late 45 per cent of the time. Sydney is meanwhile looking to ease congestion with the opening of its second airport at Badgerys Creek in 2026. Sydney to Melbourne is the world's second busiest air route, with 60,059 aircraft trips in 2017, according to the bureau – a 12 per cent increase over five years. The bureau defines a flight as being "on time" if it lands at the gate within 15 minutes of the scheduled arrival time. A flight is considered cancelled if it is pulled out of service within seven days of its scheduled departure. 

The story goes on a lot more and there are links and graphs, so if you are in Australia and fly often I suggest have a look at the below link and see how your city rates.

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