Qantas grounds all aircrafts

Qantas at 5pm AEDT Saturday 29 October 2011, has grounded all domestic and international aircrafts from around the world.

From 8pm AEDT on Monday 31 October 2011, Qantas will also lock out all employees who will be covered by the industrial agreements currently being negotiated with the Australian Licenced Engineers Union (ALAEA), the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and the Australian and International Pilots Union (AIPA). The lock-out will remain until the ALAEA, the TWU and AIPA drop the demands.

Aircrafts currently in the air will complete the sectors they are operating while Jetstar flights, QantasLink flights and Qantas flights across the Tasman operated by Jetconnect will continue.

It is advised that Qantas passengers should not go to the airport until further notice.

Full refunds will be available for any passengers who chooses to cancel their flight due to the grounding of the fleet.

Full rebooking flexibility will be available to customers who wish to defer their travel.

Passengers are encouraged to monitor for updates. Only customers travelling within the next 24 hours should call Qantas contact centres on 13 13 13.

Qantas regrets that this action has become necessary and apologises sincerely to all affected passengers.

Source = e-Travel Blackboard
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