SYDNEY - Australia's Qantas Airways said on Saturday it was grounding all aircraft over a labor dispute and the move would cost it A$20 million ($21.4 million) a day.
The airline said in a statement that from Monday evening it would lock out all employees over a protracted industrial dispute. "This step is being taken in response to industrial action taken by these unions," Qantas said. "The financial impact of action taken to date has reached A$68 million and the action is costing Qantas approximately A$15 million per week in lost revenue. Approximately 70,000 passengers have been affected and more than 600 flights canceled."
Aircraft currently in the air would complete the sectors they are operating. However, there will be no further Qantas domestic departures or international departures anywhere in the world, it said. ($1 = 0.933 Australian Dollars)