Jetstar is facing strikes from several employee groups that will delay and cancel many flights. The airline has already canceled more than 100 scheduled for the upcoming weekend.
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Jetstar cancels more than 100 flights
Jetstar, a subsidiary of Qantas, is facing strikes from Jetstar pilots who are members of the Australian Federation of Air Pilots. The Australian Federation of Air Pilots, or AFAP, voted on Friday, December 6, 2019, to take protected industrial action. The AFAP is planning on having four-hour work stoppages on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to the pilot strike, Jetstar will face a two-hour work stoppage from baggage handlers and ground crew. This is scheduled for Friday at various times during the day. The Friday strike caused the cancelation of 18 flights so far. Employees are demanding pay raises, guaranteed hours, and safety improvements. So far, Jetstar has not met any demands of the workers and they are yet to come to a mutual solution.
Changes to Jetstar flights this weekend
They have already canceled 108 flights between Friday and Sunday in preparation for pilots and ground staff strike. About 5 percent of passengers due to fly on the weekend will not be able to travel on the day of their booking. Most passengers flying on Friday will be put onto other flights.
From the official Jetstar press release:
“The Australian Federation of Air Pilots’ (AFAP) work stoppages this weekend are completely unjustifiable and cynically timed to hurt travelers at the busiest travel time of the year. To minimize the impact on customers by the four-hour stop-work periods, we are consolidating some services, up-gauging aircraft, re-timing flights, and Qantas and QantasLink will operate a number of supplementary services.”
What you need to know and do if you’re traveling between 13 and 20 December, during the scheduled strike period:
- You should make sure all your contact information is up to date, in case the strike affects your flight
- 44 services will be canceled on Saturday and 46 on Sunday with customers being re-accommodated on alternative flights
- If your flight is canceled or delayed by more than 3 hours Jetstar will offer you the choice of an alternate flight or a refund. In case you have to overnight away from home, as a result, Jetstar will also offer accommodation and meals
- You can cancel your travel now and receive a refund online
- You can find full details and contact Jetstar here
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