Anyone flying with Jetstar over the next few days are being warned to brace for either a rescheduled or cancelled flight.
A pilot strike beginning this weekend has forced the cancellation of at least 90 flights, it has been confirmed.
“The Australian Federation of Air Pilots’ work stoppages this weekend are completely unjustifiable and cynically timed to hurt travellers at the busiest travel time of the year,” Jetstar Group CEO, Gareth Evans said in a statement on Wednesday.
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“To protect the weekend plans of tens of thousands of customers, teams across Jetstar have worked around the clock to develop a proactive contingency plan.”
It’s understood around 80 per cent of flights will be operating as normal over the weekend, however 44 services will be cancelled on Saturday, with another 46 scrapped on Sunday.
The budget airline confirmed passengers on cancelled services will be transferred onto alternative flights, including supplementary Qantas and QantasLink services.
“We expect to get 95 per cent of our customers on their way on the same day,” Mr Evans said.
The strike will see pilots walk off the job for four hours on Saturday and Sunday as they fight for better pay.
“We know the union’s actions are creating uncertainty for travellers, but if we accept an effective 15 per cent net increase in pay that the union is demanding, there will be significant upward pressure on the low fares our customers rely on and we will be forced to review our investment in new aircraft and new destinations,” Mr Evans warned.
“We remain committed to reaching a new agreement to support the great work our people do every day, but not any cost. Strong arm action from the AFAP will not change our position on this.”
Jetstar baggage handlers and ground crew are also set to cause disruption this Friday, over what they claim are poor conditions and rates.
Over 250 workers will hold two 2-hour stoppages at Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide.
Jetstar says they will contact impacted customers from today, however anyone wishing to no longer travel can also request a refund direct from their text or email notification.