Hundreds of Australians and Americans were left stranded in the wrong countries after Australian airline Qantas cancelled multiple flights between Melbourne and Los Angeles due to myriad mechanical issues.
Between Saturday, August 3, and Monday, August 5, Los Angeles time, at least four flights between the two cities – two from Melbourne to Los Angeles, and two going the other way – had been cancelled.
The flight from Los Angeles to Melbourne – QF94 – was cancelled on Saturday and Sunday evening, according to data from FlightStats.
The flights are typically flown on an Airbus A380, which has the largest capacity of any passenger airplane.
While the delays were an obvious inconvenience, Quirk said that she and other passengers were frustrated by a lack of communication from the airline – both during the delays, and surrounding the process to be rebooked on different flights.
Qantas told Business Insider that it was working to reaccomodate passengers on later flights, including other Qantas flights with connections.
“Passengers have been put on other Qantas flights, but we expect to have everyone on their way on tonight’s flight and tomorrow’s.”