Qantas on time into Bundy more than Virgin
BUNDABERG Airport is in the top 10 of Australian regional airports for on-time performance, with 90% of all flights arriving and departing on time.
Latest industry figures for the month of June show Bundaberg airport rates sixth behind Mount Isa, Port Lincoln, Proserpine, Newman and Townsville.
The news comes just two weeks after Qantas passengers at Bundaberg Airport were left grounded for several hours after engineering problems caused a delay of four-and-a-half hours.
It was the second long delay for Qantas passengers in a week and the company was quick to apologise.
"We're sorry that this morning's early flight from Bundaberg to Brisbane has been delayed for approximately four-and-a-half hours due to an engineering issue with the aircraft," a Qantas spokesman said.
Most of the remaining passengers were put on a later flight that left Bundaberg about 2pm.
Qantas said the delay was in sourcing another aircraft to operate the service to Bundaberg.
"We know that delays can be inconvenient for customers and we will always do our best to get passengers on the next available service as soon as possible but we will always prioritise safety over schedule," the Qantas spokesman said.
The good news for Qantas is its fleet topped the on-time performance for Bundaberg.
They beat rival airline Virgin in both arrival and departures to and from Bundaberg.
The Brisbane to Bundaberg route showed Qantas was on time 91.7% of the time while Virgin was 86.7%.
On flights from Bundaberg to Brisbane the on-time percentages were the same with Qantas ranking number one.
Qantas was happy with the latest industry results.
"We understand how important it is for our customers to get to their destination on time, whether they are travelling for work or returning home from a holiday," a Qantas spokesman said.
"We strive to make travel as convenient as possible for our passengers and are delighted to be the number one carrier for on-time performance in Bundaberg."