Budget carrier Jetstar Pacific scored the lowest rate of on-time flights among Vietnamese airlines in March, the country’s aviation watchdog said in a report released on Monday.
The monthly report on flight cancelations and delays by the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam (CAAV) covers the on-time statuses from February 19 to March 18 of five Vietnamese carriers, including Jetstar Pacific, flag carrier Vietnam Airlines, no-frills airline Vietjet and Bamboo Airways, and Vietnam Air Services Co. (VASCO).
In that 30-day period, Jetstar Pacific operated 2,609 flights, 30 percent of which were delayed, according to the report. This is the lowest on-time rate among the five airlines assessed.
Vietjet delivered the second worst on-time performance, with 1,720 out of 10,225 flights, or a 16.6-percent rate, departing behind schedule in the period.
The market newcomer Bamboo Airways, which just launched its first commercial flight in January, was the most punctual among the carriers, with only six percent, or 57 out of 946 services delayed.
Vietnam Airlines came second with a delay rate of 10.1 percent, with 8,926 out of 9,924 flights operated in the period arriving on time.
VASCO, a subsidiary of the national flag carrier, had 1,090 on-time flights out of 1,175 services. The carrier flies between Ho Chi Minh City and Con Dao off the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, Phu Quoc Island off the southern province of Kien Giang, and the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho.
According to the CAAV, most of the delayed flights were caused by “late arrival of aircraft,” which means a delayed flight would affect the schedule of the next flight using the same aircraft.
Bad weather and technical issues were also among the causes.