Quantas back in the air as strike ends
Date: Thursday, November 03, 2011 @ 10:38:14 MST
Topic: Chicago Flights™ Tribune

Australian international airline Qantas on Monday announced that the two-day industrial strike that left thousands of passengers stranded has ended.

The national carrier resumed with its first flight from Johannesburg to Sydney at 5.50pm last night and all other flights from Oliver Tambo International Airport would resume today.

Africa’s regional manager Michi Messner on Monday said: “Passengers were affected by the strike which started on Saturday morning. We were forced to re-book fights and have our passengers flown from South Africa via Perth by other airline carriers”.

Qantas was forced to ground its domestic and international fleet on Saturday morning after damaging industrial activity was undertaken by three unions.

However, its air freightbusiness– Jetstar, Jetconnect and Qantas link services, which is operated by Atlas and Express Freighter Australia – continued flying.

Yesterday it was made known that the unions came to the negotiation table and matters seemed to have been resolved.

Messner said: “We are pleased to announce that the strike is over”.

“Negotiations between the three unions and management have taken place and the results are forthcoming.”

“We regret and sincerely apologise to all passengers who were inconvienced by the impact of this industrial action and also thank all other carriers for their assistance.”

The 90-year-old airline said more than 68000 passengers on 447 flights had been affected by the grounding of 108 aircraft in 22 cities.


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