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The Aussie airport where you’re most likely to be delayed

Australia’s most punctual airports, airlines revealed

It’s the most popular domestic holiday destination in Australia, but Melbourne still needs to work on a few things - like punctuality at its main airport. 



According to OAG’s Punctuality League 2019, Tullamarine was Australasia’s least punctual major airport in 2018, with an on-time performance (OTP) rating of 74.69% - or the equivalent of one in every four flights delayed. 


MEL also lead the way in the biggest year-on-year drop in OTP across the region, falling by over four percentage points. 


Experiencing a similar drop in performance, Auckland was named the second least punctual airport in Australasia (75.87%) followed by Gold Coast (76.05%) and the region’s busiest hub, Sydney (75.10%). 


At the other end of the scale, Cairns was deemed the most punctual airport, with a rating of 83.7%, while Adelaide (82.95%) rose two spots on 2017 to second position. 


Overall, Australasia’s average OTP dropped from 80.9% to 78.29% in 2018. Unsurprisingly, Japan rules the roost for punctuality globally, with Tokyo Haneda nabbing the top spot for mega airports, Osaka Kansai for large airports, and Sapporo and Fukuoka both finishing in the top ten. 


Among local airlines, Qantas (85.65%) was easily Australasia’s most on-time carrier (and sixth globally) ahead of Virgin Australia (78.32%) and Air New Zealand (76.70%), while internationally, the top carriers were Copa Airlines, airBaltic, Hong Kong Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines and Bangkok Airways.        


The top mega-airlines were found to be LATAM, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines.


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Written by: Mark Harada
Published: 7 January 2019

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