Qantas passengers experiences third day of severe disturbances to their holiday and business travel plans with the strike on Friday by licensed engineers’ union to affect over 7,600 passengers from 17 flight cancellations and 32 flight delays.
Few Rugby fans travelling from Sydney to New Zealand for the World Cup semi-final will face delays of more than three hours.
The strike will take place between 4pm-8pm in Sydney. It came after the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) pulled a distrustful stunt on Monday cancelling strike just hours before it was to begin and causing chaos to the travel plans of 11,000 people.
Qantas Group Executive Government and Corporate Affairs Olivia Wirth said the strike is due to an ongoing dispute over pay and the union’s attempt to run the airline.
“It is clear by the timing of these strikes that they are trying to cause maximum damage to Qantas and our passengers,” Ms Wirth said.
“We are extremely disappointed with the action being taken by this union. It is the same union that warned customers not to fly with Qantas before Christmas, trying to destroy the business that employs its members.”
Source: Qantas Airlines