Australian tourism damaged by Qantas strikes

Australian tourism will be hit hard by ongoing Qantas strikes, with early signs bookings for Christmas will be down up to ten per cent on last year and “brand Australia’s" international image tarnished.

As of 30Oct, the Qantas fleet remains grounded and all domestic and international flights remain cancelled as a response to damaging industrial action.

Customers are not advised to travel to the airport unless they are booked on a QantasLink, or Jetstar or on certain Australia-New Zealand routes.

Qantas is providing a full refund for any flights cancelled due to industrial action. You can cancel your flight with Qantas or rebook for a later date. If you book travel, in the same class, with another carrier that is more expensive than your original Qantas fare, Qantas will refund you the difference see Changing or refunding your booking. Qantas is also providing accommodation, meals and transfers for customers who are away from home.

Yesterday, the Government made an application to Fair Work Australia (FWA) to terminate or suspend the disputes between Qantas and the ALAEA, TWU and AIPA. This hearing will resume at 2pm.

For updated information and if your flights are affected, please check on Qantas site.

Only customers travelling within the next 24 hours should call our Contact Centres on 13 13 13 or your local Qantas Office to discuss their alternatives.