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Quantas flights from LAX scheduled to resume Sunday night

October 30, 2011 | 10:44 pm

QantasQantas Airways flights from Los Angeles were scheduled to resume Sunday night after the airline had shut down operations worldwide over the weekend because of conflicts with employee unions.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) reported on Facebook and Twitter that flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in Australia and Auckland, New Zealand, would be departing the airport. The airline usually operates 34 departures a week from LAX.

The airline posted an announcement for L.A. passengers on its website:

If you are booked on a flight that is scheduled to depart from Los Angeles on Sunday 30th or Monday 31 October (local time), please travel to the airport as normal.

If your travel has been disrupted and you are in Los Angeles, we will contact you once we have details of your flight. We recommend you do not travel to the airport for a Qantas flight unless you have been advised to do so. All flights are still subject to regulatory approval.

The Times' John M. Glionna in Seoul reports:

An Australian arbitration court has issued an emergency ruling that will allow Qantas Airways to return to the skies after a bitter labor dispute prompted the airline to ground its entire fleet during the weekend. ...

The court’s ruling ended weeks of strikes and canceled a staff lockout against the world’s 10th-largest airline that caused chaos at Qantas destination airports worldwide, including LAX. ...

In past months, the rolling worker strikes by pilots, aircraft mechanics, baggage handlers and caterers have forced the cancellation of 600 flights, disrupted travel for 70,000 passengers and cost Qantas $75 million.

The airline had posted policies on refunds and accommodations for stranded travelers during the shutdown.


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Photo: A Qantas plane at the departure gate in Perth, Australia, on Monday, local time. The airline started to resume operations after a shutdown over the weekend. Credit: Daniel Munoz / Reuters