Jetstar weighs up options ahead of threatened pilot strike

Jetstar is looking at possible flight cancellations in January ahead of a pilot strike continuing into the new year.

Around 80 per cent of Jetstar’s mainline pilots will walk off the job for four hours on Saturday and Sunday following stalled wage negotiations with the Qantas owned carrier.

Jetstar baggage handlers and ground crew are also planning industrial action with two two-hour stop-work meetings at various times on Friday at Sydney, Melbourne, Avalon, Brisbane, Cairns and Adelaide airports.

“There’s a lot of detailed work required to comb through the schedule and work out how we can best minimise impact to customers,” a Jetstar spokeswoman told The Age.

“That work will be finished by the end of tomorrow and we’ll contact customers directly if there is a change to their flight.”

The Australian Federation of Air Pilots (AFAP) has said it will not take any industrial action between December 20 and January 3, with the potential to resume strikes after that.

“We remain ready, willing and able to negotiate an agreement which balances the needs of both Jetstar and the Jetstar pilots,” AFAP executive director Simon Lutton told The Age.