October 31st, 2011
01:55 AM ET

Qantas resumes flights

Australia's Qantas Airways resumed flights Monday after a government labor board ordered it to end a dispute with its unions that grounded the airline over the weekend.

"Qantas can confirm that all domestic and international services have resumed from mid-afternoon on Monday 31 October," the airline's website said. "We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience and stress our customers have faced over the past days and months."

Labor relations tribunal Fair Work Australia ordered an end to the labor dispute "to avoid significant damage to the tourism industry" after Qantas grounded its jets Saturday afternoon.

The airline grounded 447 flights and, ahead of the order to end the dispute, had announced it would lock out its unionized pilots, engineers, ramp, baggage and catering crews effective Monday evening.

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    October 31, 2011 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Almost everybody is feeling the impact of a terrible economic situation.
    Unions have to be as realistic as the rest of the world.

    October 31, 2011 at 5:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. gung hoe

    My goodness when do you sleep jif

    October 31, 2011 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  4. gung hoe

    What it was is they were stalling because they had several women on board,and the was hoping the 7 billionth baby on their plane

    October 31, 2011 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    No *that's* funny, gung hoe!

    October 31, 2011 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
  6. gung hoe

    They thought if they stalled long enough that the 7 billioneth baby would be born on their plane .Turned out to much of a stink 7 hours no pottie eehhh

    October 31, 2011 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    gung hoe,
    I slept about 4 hrs., woke up worried, slept another hour or two.

    October 31, 2011 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. gung hoe

    Why did u worry my friend .pretty much same on my end though got in trouble about a month ago.Now sucking eggs trying to make right only what a fool like me can make wrong

    October 31, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @gung hoe:
    Sucking on eggs?
    Morning, JIF.
    Don't worry. Be happy.

    October 31, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Lots of hard things to handle this week.
    BUT–this is my day off.
    I'm not lifting one finger!

    October 31, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. gung hoe

    @ banasy just a saying but close really missed u this wknd

    October 31, 2011 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    @gung hoe:
    I missed being here, too.

    Occasionally, a completely lazy day is good.
    A mental health day, as it were.

    October 31, 2011 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    @ gung hoe, maybe you got in trouble cuz men generally think with the left side of their brain, which means they act first, think later!

    October 31, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. pmk1953

    Some days I need to get a mental for it to get healthy.

    October 31, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |