Jetstar cancels 90 weekend flights as pilot strike hits
Jetstar has cancelled 90 weekend flights and rescheduled others in preparation for a pilot strike set to start on Saturday morning. The budget airline say 80 per cent of flights will operate as scheduled, and other passengers will be accommodated by consolidating affected flights, moving services onto larger aircraft, rescheduling flights and putting passengers on Qantas flights. About 5 per cent of passengers will not be able to depart for their destination on the scheduled day, and customers were being notified on Wednesday of any changes to their bookings, the airline said.
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Jetstar travellers around the country will face disruptions to their travel plans today as ground crews and baggage handlers walk off the job to demand a pay increase and improved conditions.
About 250 workers in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Avalon, Cairns and Adelaide have stopped work for two hours between 5:30am and 7:30am.
They will strike again this afternoon between 5:30pm and 7:30pm.
Jetstar cancels close to 100 flights this weekend
Jetstar says it will cancel close to 100 flight this weekend as pilots prepare to strike. Jetstar says it will cancel close to 100 flight this weeken The airline says it expects 80 percent of its flight to operate as scheduled by consolidating services, moving flights onto bigger planes, re-timing flights and using supplementary services from Qantas and QantasLink, however it will cancel some services to mitigate delays."Overall, Jetstar will cancel 44 services on Saturday 14 December and 46 services on Sunday 15 December and Jetstar will contact impacted customers from today.
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Jetstar flights to be cancelled over the weekend because of strike . Photograph: Sam Mooy/Getty Images. TWU stoppages will take place on Friday in Sydney , Melbourne , Avalon, Brisbane , Cairns and Adelaide . The TWU are asking for a 4% pay increase, more rest breaks and a guaranteed
Passengers are warned to expect disruptions, with 10 flights already cancelled in Sydney, five in Melbourne, three in Brisbane and two in Adelaide.
Transport Workers Union (TWU) secretary Peter Biagini said the workers were left with no choice but to strike after Jetstar refused to meet their demands.
Workers are fighting for a 4 per cent pay increase, more rest breaks, 12-hour breaks between shifts and a commitment to engaging Jetstar employees rather than untrained casual staff.
"These people are on less than $25 an hour and it's not a great deal to ask and it doesn't only give them a decent pay but it also ensures that they're not fatigued and they're working safely," Mr Biagini said.
The union claims ground operations are dangerously understaffed with workers at risk of "serious injury" from being crushed by aircraft.
Jetstar's full list of cancelled flights revealed
Jetstar has issued its full list of cancelled flights for the weekend as industrial action disrupts travel in the coming week. Close to 100 flights have been cancelled for tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday."If your fight is affected we will contact you directly via SMS and email as soon as we know so please make sure your contact details are up to date," the airline said in a statement.Customers who have flights cancelled will be issued a link to choose a new flight without having to contact Jetstar. © Jetstar Jetstar has cancelled dozens of flights over the weekend.
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Hundreds of travellers delayed after Jetstar cancels flights out of Sydney . Large queues of people were pictured through Sydney Airport on Friday morning before the start of the school holidays after Jetstar cancelled about five flights including two scheduled for 7am and 6.55am to Melbourne and
It also says workers are being allocated to work on two aircraft at one time.
"The airline has cut its staffing levels right back to the bone, meaning workers are constantly under pressure," TWU national secretary Michael Kaine said.
"Jetstar also allows broken equipment and machines to be kept in use despite the risk to workers and passengers. This is causing injury rates to go through the roof."
Jetstar disputes the claims the TWU has made about safety, saying it would never put their staff or passengers at risk.
"The TWU has a history of playing the safety card when it suits them, and this is another example of that," Jetstar's senior manager of communications Peter Symons said.
The airline said its resourcing practices were consistent with global aviation standards and in line with other airlines.
Jetstar cancels 10% of its January flights over strikes as airline staff walk out in protest over pay and safety concerns .
It comes as more than 100 flights were cancelled over the weekend after staff walked out over pay and working conditions. Ground crew represented by the Transport Workers Union and the Australian Federation of Air Pilots started industrial action on Friday and continued over the weekend.© Provided by Daily Mail Strike action is set to continue with the possibility of disruptions to flights over the Christmas holidays On Monday Jetstar announced it is proactively adjusting its January flight schedule to give passengers as much notice as possible, with the prospect of continued industrial action.