AUSTRALIA : Qantas labour dispute grounds aircraft
Qantas continues to ground aircraft as ongoing industrial action from the Australian Licenced Engineers Association (ALAEA) continues to cause a backlog of maintenance on the Qantas fleet. “The industrial action has caused a shortfall of more than 60,000 man hours of maintenance and this is increasing on a daily basis, forcing us to ground aircraft,” said Qantas CEO Alan Joyce in mid-October. “If this overtime ban continues, we will be grounding even more aircraft. This is not a safety concern as problems are addressed before planes fly. But it is causing ongoing and unplanned disruption to our customers. “This is impacting our passengers’ holiday and business travel plans and it is impacting on the tourism industry,” he added. With no end in sight, many fear the disruptions will wreak havoc during the peak Christmas travel season if the dispute is not resolved by then.