More late flights for Whitsundays
THE Whitsunday Coast Airport had more planes departing late than any other airport in Australia in 2010, according to a national report.
It also had the lowest percentage of on-time arrivals according to the latest figures released by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE).
The report showed just 72.2 per cent of Brisbane-bound flights departed Proserpine Airport on-time last year and the number of on-time arrivals from Brisbane was also low at 75.1 per cent.
Data for Hamilton Island Airport showed that flights to Sydney and Brisbane departed on time 77.7 per cent of the time and that 80.2 per cent of arrivals were on time.
Travellers using Mackay Airport fared much better – 82.8 per cent of its 4000 flights to Brisbane were on-time and 80.9 per cent of flights from Brisbane were punctual.
A Jetstar spokeswoman said Jetstar recorded on time arrivals for its services to and from Whitsunday Coast Airport at 76.5 per cent for 2010.
"This is compared to an overall on-time arrival average across the airline’s domestic network of 80.8 per cent," she said.
"While the on-time arrivals performance at Whitsunday Coast was slightly below Jetstar’s network average, overall performance remained strong," she said.
Whitsunday mayor Mike Brunker said he believed weather was the biggest contributor to delays in our region.
He said that because the Whitsunday Coast Airport was a terminating destination, delays were expected as part of the flow-on effect.
"A fog in Sydney in the morning could put everything out," he said.
"I think most people who do fly, expect a late flight at some stage in their life."
Virgin Blue customers suffered the most cancelled flights nationally in 2010.
The airline had the highest cancellation rate of any airline at 1.5 per cent, canning 2173 flights.
Jetstar cancelled 605 flights across the nation.
Virgin Blue was contacted but not available for comment before going to press yesterday