Thursday strikes: Qantas cancels 14 flights, delays 38 more today

By David Flynn, October 13 2011

UPDATE | Qantas has issued a new timetable starting Monday October 17 which sees 110 flights per week cancelled due to ongoing industrial action. For a complete list of all cancelled flights, click here.

PREVIOUS | Qantas has cancelled 14 flights today (Thursday October 13) and delayed a further 38 flights by up to an hour in response to a series of nationwide strikes by members of the Transport Workers’ Union (TWU).

More than 6,800 passengers will be caught up in the tussle between Qantas and the TWU over a new workplace agreement.

The TWU's industrial action will hit airports and catering facilities around Australia.

In most cities the four-hour stop-work period has been divided into two two-hour blocks to maximise disruption, with the first strike starting at 5am and the last concluding at 8pm.

The sole exception is Canberra, where TWU members will down tools from 4pm to 8pm – which happens to be the conclusion of a Parliamentary sitting week and peak time at Canberra airport.

Travellers are advised to check the airline's Flight Status page for information on specific flights, and basically avoid Canberra Airport all afternoon and evening .

As previously reported, Qantas passengers face more uncertainty over cancelled and delayed flights tomorrow (Friday, October 14) when members of the aircraft engineers' union are slated for their own series of four-hour stoppages.

Cancelled flights for Thursday October 13

QF403 Sydney to Melbourne
QF410 Melbourne to Sydney
QF415 Sydney to Melbourne
QF440 Melbourne to Sydney
QF449 Sydney to Melbourne
QF456 Melbourne to Sydney
QF457 Sydney to Melbourne
QF462 Melbourne to Sydney
QF468 Melbourne to Sydney
QF469 Sydney to Melbourne
QF502 Sydney to Brisbane
QF513 Brisbane to Sydney
QF536 Sydney to Brisbane
QF549 Brisbane to Sydney

Rescheduled flights for Thursday October 13

QF77 Perth to Singapore
QF123 Brisbane to Auckland
QF413 Sydney to Melbourne
QF434 Melbourne to Sydney
QF439 Sydney to Melbourne
QF447 Sydney to Melbourne
QF485 Melbourne to Perth
QF512 Sydney to Brisbane
QF517 Brisbane to Sydney
QF521 Brisbane to Sydney
QF544 Sydney to Brisbane
QF557 Brisbane to Sydney
QF564 Canberra to Sydney
QF593 Adelaide to Perth
QF604 Melbourne to Brisbane
QF617 Brisbane to Melbourne
QF637 Melbourne to Brisbane
QF667 Brisbane to Adelaide
QF668 Perth to Adelaide
QF706 Adelaide to Canberra
QF763 Canberra to Melbourne
QF802 Perth to Melbourne
QF803 Sydney to Canberra
QF814 Melbourne to Canberra
QF824 Brisbane to Darwin
QF825 Darwin to Brisbane
QF950 Canberra to Brisbane
QF953 Brisbane to Canberra
QF959 Brisbane to Canberra
QF960 Canberra to Brisbane
QF969 Townsville to Brisbane
QF1011 Melbourne to Hobart

Ticket change policy

If you hold a valid Qantas ticket issued on/before Thursday 13 October and are directly affected by cancelled and rescheduled flights resulting from TWU industrial action for travel on 13 October 2011 you have the following options. Passengers may, without fee:

  • Rebook to alternative Qantas flights (including QF Codeshare flights operated by BA).
  • Re-route travel 
    - via the most direct routing using Qantas. 
    - return to the origin port via the most direct routing using Qantas.
  • Change destinations: the value of the existing ticket can be used towards the purchase of a new ticket. If the new fare is more expensive than the existing ticketed fare, the fare difference is payable by the passenger. Applicable taxes may apply.
  • Retain the value of the ticket in credit for future travel within 12 months from the original ticketed date of departure. If the new fare is more expensive than the existing ticketed fare, the fare difference is payable by the passenger. Applicable ticket taxes may apply.

David Flynn

David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

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