Qantas has reinstated all cancelled and delayed flights tomorrow after the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association (ALAEA) decided to cancel its planned strike. Union-led work stoppages involving 1,600 members were planned for 8-9am tomorrow, prompting Qantas to cancel 31 flights, impacting 2,500 passengers and delaying 46 other flights.
Qantas Group Executive Operations, Lyell Strambi, said he welcomed the decision, but that significant damage had already been done.
“The union is playing games with the Australian travelling public and have already thrown the travel plans of thousands of passengers into disarray,” Strambi said. “This is a union tactic to maximise the disruptions to passengers and the company but costs the union members nothing.”
ALAEA is attempting to negotiate better pay and conditions for its members, but Qantas argues that the union’s demands are excessive.
Customers are being contacted to advise them that normal operations are resuming.