Brisbane Airport among the world's most punctual

Even with its parallel runway still four years from completion, Brisbane Airport's on-time performance has been internationally recognised as the fourth-best in the world in its category.

Brisbane, with 88.31 per cent of arrivals and departures within 15 minutes of the schedule, was the fourth-best performing in the medium-sized airport category, according to air travel intelligence company OAG's Punctuality League 2015 report.

Brisbane Airport has been named the fourth most punctual in the world in its category.
Brisbane Airport has been named the fourth most punctual in the world in its category. 

The top three in airports in the category, which catered for between 10 million and 20 million passengers per year, were Copenhagen (88.53 per cent), Moscow Sheremetyevo (88.48 per cent) and Helsinki (88.43 per cent).

Brisbane Airport Corporation chief executive Julieanne Alroe said Brisbane's performance was due to collaboration between the airport, air traffic controllers Airservices Australia and airline operators.

Brisbane Airport Corporation chief executive Julieanne Alroe.
Brisbane Airport Corporation chief executive Julieanne Alroe. Photo: Glenn Hunt

"In 2012, BAC partnered with Airservices Australia and the National Air Traffic Services, which manages air-traffic control in the United Kingdom, to deliver an Airport Capacity Enhancement program at major airports across Australia," she said.

"…Some of ACE's initiatives included increasing the use of the short cross-runway, improving pilot reaction times and reducing runway and taxiway occupancy times to reduce the time required for take-offs and landings, optimising aircraft sequencing, and introducing more standardisation across different operators and aircraft types.


"It's exciting to see the results of these industry-wide efforts pay off with such a remarkable turn-around on on-time performance at Brisbane Airport."

Airservices Australia acting chief executive Jason Harfield said a new traffic flow management program had improved aircraft movements during peak times.

"Working together we've been able to efficiently manage the increased growth in air traffic while simultaneously ensuring that safety remains our number one priority," he said.

Other benefits of the improved runway system reliability is the progressive reduction in Fuel Advisory notices, with the amount of contingency fuel required to be carried by operators flying to Brisbane being reduced, providing significant airline operating benefits.

Cairns Airport was the world's 13th best performing small airport (less than 10 million passengers a year), with 89.3 per cent of flights falling within 15 minutes of their schedule.

The top three in that category were Osaka (93.85 per cent), Brussels South Charleroi (93.61 per cent) and Panama City (92.55 per cent).

Comment has been sought from Cairns Airport.

Senior OAG analyst John Grant said the on-time performance of airports played a vital role in the industry and helped shape the future of aviation.

"The OTP rankings of airports will always differ across the regions as operational issues such as congestion, competition from other transport modes and scheduling come into play," he said.

"Prudent expectation setting means keeping schedules realistic in the face of increasingly congested hub airports, to help the integrity of that airline's entire schedule."

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