|A Qantas plane at Nadi. pic Fiji Times|
|Alan Joyce pic BBC|
It follows industrial action from unions representing Qantas pilots, engineers and ground staff: ALAEA, the TWU and AIPA.
The airline, which owns 46 per cent of Fiji's national carrier Air Pacific, says all Qantas workers in Australia belonging to the unions will also be locked out from Monday.
The union's campaign has hit Qantas hard. Reports are claiming the financial impact to date is $68 million and that Qantas is losing about $15 million a week.
Approximately 70,000 passengers have been affected and more than 600 flights cancelled, most of them domestic.
Qantas says the lock-out will continue until the ALAEA, the TWU and AIPA drop what it says are the extreme demands that have made it impossible for agreements to be reached.
But the Australian Government is less than impressed with the airline's decision saying it was told about Qantas' plan for the first time this afternoon.
The country's Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, has expressed frustration, saying the Government is extremely concerned about the future of Qantas, its workforce, and also the travelling public.
Albanese says he is disappointed by Qantas' decision "made on a Saturday morning with notice to the Government mid-afternoon, one day after an annual general meeting."
The airline's decision to ground the entire Qantas fleet has also been criticised by the AIPA (the Australian and International Pilots Association), who says CEO Alan Joyce has "gone mad".
AIPA vice president Richard Woodward says the move was "premeditated, unnecessary and grossly irresponsible".
"No one predicted this, because no one thought Alan Joyce was completely mad.
"This is a stunning overreaction. It is straight-up blackmail. I knew he was trying to kill Qantas but I didn't know he wanted to do it this quickly.
"This is a grave and serious situation and the board should move to sack Mr Joyce immediately. This is the saddest day of my 25 years with Qantas."
Woodward says the AIPA's industrial action has been limited to making brief, positive in-flight announcements and wearing red ties.
Joyce, who has described the decision as 'unbelieveable', is reported to have been given a two million dollar pay rise just yesterday.
The Qantas subsidiary, Jetstar, flies to Fiji everyday and offers attractive holiday packages to Australians. (sources BBC, ABC, AAP)
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