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Tigerair Flights Delayed And Cancelled During Pre-Australia Day Pilot Strike

Thousands of passengers expected delays as they tried to set off on their Australia Day long weekend holidays a little early.

Tigerair pilots commenced a strike at 5am on Friday after the Australian Federation of Air Pilots Union and the airline failed to come to an agreement over a new wage deal.

According to the Union, members commenced a four-hour stop-work protest as a result of the failed negotiations.

About 200 Tigerair pilots are expected to strike. Image: Getty Images.

As a result, 15 Tigerair flights have been cancelled or delayed to a time outside of the strike hours, potentially effecting at least 2500 passengers. Tigerair will not operate any flights between 5 and 9am on Friday and have managed to move some passengers to Virgin Australia flights.

Tigerair has informed customers affected by the strike ahead of time.

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“There has been media commentary recently about planned industrial action by Tigerair pilots during the January period," a statement on the Tiger Air website said.

“Customers booked for travel from Friday 11 January to Thursday 31 January should plan to arrive for their flights as scheduled unless otherwise notified by Tigerair Australia."

Thousands of passengers could face delays. Image: Getty Images.

“Tigerair wishes to reassure customers that we have contingency plans in place to minimise any disruption associated with the potential impact of industrial action during this period.”

Featured Image: Getty Images. 

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au