Delays at airports a headache
COMMUTERS flying in and out of Cairns could be slugged with lengthy delays if a largescale industrial action takes effect in the lead up to Easter.
The largest disturbance to the Far North is expected to take place today, Holy Thursday, a day when at least 40,000 Australians are booked to travel abroad along with thousands of international visitors heading home.
A spokeswoman for the Cairns Airport said while the strike mainly concerned the Australian Border Force and the Community Public Sector Union, the airport would work to ensure delays were minimalised. Assistant Commissioner of Strategic Border Command, Clive Murray encouraged travellers to reschedule if circumstances allowed.
“The Department (of Immigration and Border Protection) recognises this will cause inconvenience and have an impact on the travelling public.
The Australian Airports Association advised passengers to turn up three hours before their flight, and proceed “straight to Customs” after check-in. Cairns, Townsville, Darwin, Adelaide and Perth were those targeted on day one by scheduled stop-works ranging from two to eight hours in length.