Tens of thousands of travellers are hoping to be on their way if a government-appointed tribunal can get Qantas planes off the tarmac.
A dispute with the unions over pay and working conditions caused the Australian airline to cancel almost 450 flights. Over 68,000 passengers around the world have been affected.
However, the tribunal may force the strike to be called off.
Qantas Chief Executive Alan Joyce said the situation could not continue.
“We can’t survive a year with this action happening. Our customers have no certainty, our employees have no certainty. The airline will die a slow death if we let this occur, so we had to take this dramatic action as a last resort because we had nowhere to go.”
Cancelling all Qantas flights could cost more than 15 million euros a day – a heavy price for a company that has been making losses in its international business.
If the tribunal is succesful, flights could resume on Monday.