Qantas cancels, delays more flights amid strikes

AP News
Posted: Oct 13, 2011 7:50 PM
Qantas cancels, delays more flights amid strikes

Qantas Airways is canceling and delaying dozens of flights amid another round of strikes by its engineers.

Australia's flagship carrier says Friday's strike by the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association is forcing the airline to cancel 17 flights and delay 32 others. Around 7,600 passengers will be affected.

The airline has been hit by weeks of strike action by unions representing aircraft mechanics, pilots, baggage handlers and caterers over concerns that Qantas plans to move jobs offshore.

Qantas said Thursday that it will ground five airliners for at least a month and cancel almost 100 flights a week to cope with the ongoing strikes.