Jetstar To Cut 10 Percent Of Domestic Flights In Jan After Staff Strikes
Jetstar will cut 10 per cent of its domestic flights next month in response to multiple strikes taken by staff last week.
The airline released a statement on Monday morning saying the cuts, as well as last week's strikes, would cost them up to $25 million in lost earnings but were necessary to "avoid disrupting customers at short notice" in expected future actions.
"Doing this well in advance will significantly reduce disruption in what is the airline’s busiest month of the year, compared to the three to five working days notice the union is required to give of any industrial action," a spokesman for the budget airline said.
"Customers already booked on these flights will be contacted in the coming days to be offered alternatives, including full refunds."
Ground crew represented by the Transport Workers Union and the Australian Federation of Air Pilots started industrial action on Friday which continued over the weekend.
Jetstar cancelled 100 flights over the weekend in response, leaving frustrated customers stranded in airports around the country.
Jetstar CEO, Gareth Evans, said the airline would not concede and give the pilot's the 15 per cent pay increase they are fighting for, or ground staff their requested 12 per cent increase.
"Industrial action doesn’t change the fact the wage claims being made by the TWU and AFAP are unsustainable," he said.
“There’s no doubt that industrial action is expensive and frustrating, but we have to hold the line on costs or it threatens the long term sustainability of our business.
"We apologise to the customers whose plans have been caught up in what the unions are doing.”