Flight delays not so bad at Coffs

AIR travellers on the Coffs Coast are enduring lengthy waits on the tarmac and in terminals, but in the face of criticism the major airlines have stood by their punctuality.

The latest aviation statistics have in some part supported commuter’s complaints about late departure and arrival times.

But while Coffs Harbour’s flight reliability wasn’t great compared to other centres it was more punctual than Ballina – the country’s worst fairing airport for departures in October.

The monthly figures released by the Australian Bureau of Infrastructure Transport and Regional Economies, show that of the 375 flights to and from Coffs Harbour 77 per cent were deemed to be ‘on-time’.

However, the Federal government allows for a 15-minute delay after a plane’s scheduled arrival / departure time before counting it as late.

As far as the airlines go, Virgin Blue appears to be outdoing Qantas Link when it comes to reliability.

Local air travellers began asking questions again, after Tuesday afternoon’s Qantas Link flight from Sydney to Coffs arrived almost 45 minutes after its expected arrival time.

QF 2116 was scheduled to depart Sydney at 3.30pm and arrive in Coffs Harbour at 4.25pm.

However, delays in Sydney meant the arrival time was revised to 4.55pm.



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