Qantas Airlines to resume flying after shutdown

UPDATE: The government of Australia has forced Qantas to resume flying.  During the next 24 hours, there will still be some cancellations in order to re-position aircraft but Qantas should be back to normal by Tuesday.

Qantas Airlines to resume flying after shutdown

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Amid increasingly bitter disputes with its 3 main employee unions, the Australian airline Qantas has grounded its entire fleet and canceled all flights until further notice.

The airline has been involved in tense negotiations with its unions for several months and, during that time, Qantas has been forced to reduce and reschedule flights on a number of occasions due to strikes and refusals to work overtime.

Qantas flies to Sydney and beyond from several points in the U.S.: Los Angeles, New York, Dallas, and Honolulu.  They also have a code-share partnership with American Airlines; any U.S. to Australia flights on American are actually operated by Qantas, so those will be affected to.

The government of Australia is trying to help negotiate a settlement but, in the meantime, if you are holding a Qantas ticket for travel in the coming days please contact Qantas directly or our Help Desk (1-800-CHEAP-AIR or Help@CheapAir.com) for help in rebooking.  The airline is offering refunds, waived change fees for rescheduling, and in some cases they are willing to pay the increase in fare if you need to rebook on another airline.

For up to the minute information, please check this page on the Qantas web site or contact CheapAir for assistance.

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