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Cancellations fly high between Canberra and Sydney

Canberra Airport.

Canberra Airport. Photo: Karleen Minney

Flights between Canberra and Sydney have the highest cancellation rates in the country, according to new figures from the federal transport bureau.

The 2012 Airline On Time Performance Report from the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics shows Canberra Airport recorded above-average results for departures, with 84.6 per cent leaving on time, but below average for arrivals, with 19.3 per cent of flights coming in to the capital late.

The Canberra-Sydney route had the highest level of cancellations in the country, at 4.7 per cent, followed by Sydney-Canberra, at 4 per cent.

Of the capital cities, Adelaide’s airport had the best on-time performance for both arrivals and departures, with the Canberra-Adelaide route scoring highly in both categories.

Sydney Airport’s on-time performance dipped slightly in 2012, which federal Transport Minister Anthony Albanese said illustrated the growing need for a second Sydney airport.

“The reality is that without extra aviation capacity through a second airport, delays at Sydney Airport are set to grow,” he said in a statement.

“If a second airport is not built, our national economy will suffer as congestion grows and flights and economic investment are turned away.”

NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell has previously joined a push for Canberra to serve as Sydney’s second airport, linked by high speed rail.

However a study commissioned by Mr Albanese recommends building a second airport at Wilton, about 80 kilometres south west of Sydney’s CBD.

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