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Qantas Cancels Australian Flights Due to Strike

Associated Press
Thursday, 29 Sep 2011 | 9:08 PM ET
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Qantas Airways says it is canceling and delaying dozens of flights because of a strike by its ground workers and engineers. The Australian carrier says 8,500 domestic and international passengers will have their flights disrupted by Friday's strikes. Qantas says 39 flights will be delayed and two flights canceled.

The one-hour strikes by both the Australian Licenced Aircraft Engineers Association and the Transport Workers Union are the second in as many weeks. The unions are fighting the airline over pay and work conditions.

Qantas says more than 25,000 passengers have been affected by the unions' industrial action over the past month.

Earlier this week, thousands of international travelers faced delays in Australia because of a strike by customs workers.

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