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Qantas resumes flights

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31 October 2011 by Luke McCormick

Qantas has resumed flights after an intervention by the Australian Government to force it back into the air.

Flights were grounded worldwide over the weekend in a bitter industrial dispute with 450 flights cancelled and at least 70,000 passengers affected.

Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce said: "Operations will resume progressively from this afternoon. Our focus is bringing our schedule back to normal as soon as possible. Safety will remain our first priority at all times."

A statement issued by the airline said: "Qantas can confirm that all domestic and international services have resumed from mid-afternoon on Monday 31 October [local time]. We are deeply sorry for the inconvenience and stress our customers have faced over the past days and months. Industrial action is now over, you can again book Qantas flights with confidence.

"Some flight delays, cancellations and disruptions are expected as we return our operations to normal.

"We apologise for any inconvenience that this industrial action has caused and we thank you for your understanding and continued support."

The airline is advising customers to check the status of specific flights, including those booked with British Airways but operated by Qantas as part of a code share agreement.

Latest Qantas news
• All domestic services on Tuesday 01 November are scheduled as normal
• All international services are expected to be back to normal by late Tuesday 01 November

Customers departing Los Angeles International Airport
• 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.

Customers departing Singapore on QF32 today
If you are booked and confirmed on QF32 from Singapore to Sydney today, Monday 31 October, please go to the airport to check in for your flight. All flights are still subject to regulatory approval.

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