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Qantas back in the air

written by australianaviation.com.au | October 31, 2011

photo - Craig Murray

Qantas has resumed flights after the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) approved the airline’s risk mitigation plan for returning to flight operations after its self imposed grounding on the weekend.

“CASA approves Qantas return to service,” CASA simply Tweeted just before 4pm AEDST.

“Qantas can confirm that all domestic and international services have resumed from mid-afternoon on Monday 31 October. 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,” the airline posted on its website.

“Some flight delays, cancellations and disruptions are expected as we return our operations to normal and we advise you to visit Flight Status for up to the minute information on specific flights. As always, safety remains our first priority.”

The airline’s first flights to depart were QF41 from Sydney to Jakarta at 3:41pm, and QF438, Melbourne-Sydney, at 3:58pm.

“Qantas sincerely regrets the impact on customers of industrial action over recent months and looks forward to a rapid recovery and period of stability,” the airline said.

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