Qantas Flights Back to Normal

November 1, 2011 | Top News, Travel

Australia’s national airline, Qantas, is back in the sky after all its flights were grounded last Saturday due to a labor dispute. The company issued a statement sincerely regretting the impact to the customers of the industrial action for the past few months. It also added that it will look “forward to rapid recovery and period of stability”.

Passengers who were impacted by the situation will get full refunds of the cost of tickets purchased from other airlines and reimbursements of meal and accommodation expenses but only up to a certain amount.

Last Saturday, Qantas CEO Alan Joyce announced the airline’s shutdown following months of labor unions industrial actions involving both the air and ground staff. Around 100,000 passengers were affected worldwide, leaving them stranded and in a chaotic situation as their travel plans were disrupted.

Also known as Flying Kangaroo, the airline has just celebrated its 90th anniversary last year. It used to dominate Australia’s international travel 10 years ago but has lost passengers with the foreign competitors.

Interesting Facts about Qantas

  • Qantas is the second oldest air transport service in the world founded in 1920, next to KLM which was founded in 1919.
  • Qantas stands for Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited
  • Currently employs around 32,500 people worldwide
  • Operates a fleet of 256 aircraft in 44 countries with 182 destinations across the globe
  • World’s 11th largest airline in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK’s)

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