Well, I believe most of the people who took flight do experience delayed before. Indeed, it is frustrated especially most of us is planning for a happy vacation, isn’t it?
Apparently, I have been encountered many questions from my friends asking me why flight delay. Sometimes, might cause an issue that passengers will just post in social media without clarifying the reason behind. I believe, everything happened for a reason. Yes, flight do delay and there are a few reasons which cause so.
- Aircraft flies to different destination in a day with a quick turnaround
This is a common reason which happened in low-cost carrier. In a low-cost business model, in order to minimise cost with huge revenue. Every aircraft will require flying more than 10 hours a day to maximise profit margin. For instance, an aircraft will have a return flight to Kuching. (which only staying in Kuching for 25 minutes turnaround). Then, flying to Langkawi and Ho Chi Minh with also same 25 minutes turnaround.
Therefore, if you were to fly to Ho Chi Minh in the evening, you might experience the slight delay as the morning flight to Kuching or the afternoon flight to Langkawi face some difficulties on the ground (could be any reasons such as passengers late check-in etc.). Hence, you will experience the slight delay to your destination.
Why a full-service carrier like MAS or Cathay have less delay incident?
If you observe well, they will park their aircraft at the airport for at least an hour instead of AirAsia do a quick 25 minutes turnaround to maximise utilisation. This is a good step to ensure that passengers able to have a luxurious experience on board and sufficient time for crews to prepare the next flight. Do bear in mind, as a price sensitive passenger, you know the price difference between both business model airline.
2. Airports are too congested
A well-developed airport should have better facilities in assisting aircraft to depart on time. Yet, especially in Asia where most of our airports are highly congested (an efficient airport should have about 60 aircraft taking off/hr). Hence, if an aircraft take off slowly or a late instruction by air traffic control, it will create a snowball effect to every aircraft that unable to land/take off on time. Eventually, referring to point (1), you will experience a slight delay in the evening.
3. Airports need maintenance too
Yet, do bear in mind, airport runways need maintenance too. In such cases, normally you will receive a message weeks or days earlier that your flight schedule has changed. One of the internal reasons which we know is airport runway maintenance. The airport will send an email to inform all the airlines that during the certain period, aircraft unable to land at the airport. Hence, they will let airlines to opt for few flights schedule which able to fit the flight schedule.
4. Weather is an important factor too
If a heavy rain happened on that day, due to the slippery condition of the runway, air traffic control will stop aircraft from landing until the condition getting better. Besides, major weather cases such as typhoon in Hong Kong or volcano ash in Bali will cause an airport to stop operating for few days. Hence, you might have to stay in the airport until the runway is clear.
No one likes flight delay, same goes to airline staff too. As a passenger, what we could do is to ask the reason behind. Also, we should read airline website to understand what an airline able to compensate with certain hours of delaying. Every airline differs with different types of compensation. At least we know what our right is as a passenger to claim for the right compensation.
Actually, living in digitalization era, we are able to check whether the flight delay or not by just typing in the right keywords in google. Moreover, google flight will actually able to assist us in comparing the best price, schedule and review the seats’ condition among all the airlines. Hmm… could be my next post perhaps?