Saturday, October 29, 2011
Grounded: Quantas Strike Leaves 70K Travelers Stranded
Thousands of passengers from around the world have been grounded due to Australian carrier Quantas' strike, causing travel chaos Down Under and elsewhere.
The Australian national carrier decided to halt its fleet of 108 aircraft indefinitely until unions representing pilots and ground staff reach an agreement with the airline over pay and conditions. Among the 70,000 global passengers affected by the 600 cancelled flights are 17 Commonwealth leaders stranded in Perth following an economic summit there. The Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard issued a dire warning over the strike's impact saying it could hurt the country’s economy, saying "The Qantas dispute escalated today and I am concerned about that for the national economy ... it could have implications for our national economy."
Airplane travel is a nightmare enough during normal circumstances these days, so we hope a quick resolution to the strike can be found to save travelers from any more headaches...