Delays expected in Australian airports

  • 22/03/2016

Trans-Tasman flight disruptions are imminent for Kiwi travellers as strike action gets underway at Australian airports.

Air travellers are bracing for delays at domestic and some international airports across Australia today as custom officials and staff go on strike as part of ongoing pay disputes.

House of Travel commercial director Brent Thomas says Qantas has advised that customers with a ticket booked before March 21 can rebook travel the same day without an extra fee.

Virgin Australia has recommended customers travelling out of Australia arrive at airports at least three hours before their scheduled flight.

"Kiwis planning travel in or out of Australia in the next week should maintain close contact with their airline and find out the airline's policy, should flights be affected by strike action," Mr Thomas said.

Unionised border force workers will walk off the job at Cairns and Perth international airports and Townsville, Darwin and Adelaide domestic airports today, ahead of further action by Brisbane and Melbourne workers tomorrow.

The strike action comes ahead of Easter Thursday's major 24-hour stoppage at airports and cruise ship terminals nationwide.

The Community and Public Sector Union says the campaign is the latest step towards resolving a two-year industrial dispute with the federal government over work conditions.

Industrial action at Australian airports are expected to continue beyond Easter with rolling strikes planned for the weeks to come.

Passengers have been warned to expect delays and are advised to arrive at least three hours before their departure time.