UPDATE | With Qantas returning to the skies, Etihad Airways has cancelled its planned relief flights between Sydney and Bangkok.
The airline said it has "withdrawn its application to operate the flights, following news that Qantas is progressively reinstating its normal schedule."
However, a spokesman for Etihad said the airline was "continuously monitoring the situation and will add additional capacity to Australian routes, if needed, to support Virgin Australia and to keep Australians flying."
PREVIOUS | Etihad Airways will run three flights from Bangkok to Sydney this week to help clear the backlog of Qantas passengers stranded by the weekend's sudden shutdown of all Qantas international and domestic services.
While Qantas expects to recommence some domestic and international flights later this afternoon, many Qantas passengers remain stuck in Bangkok when flight QF2 from London to Sydney via Bangkok (and the companion QF1 Sydney-Bangkok-London service) made its scheduled stopover in the Thai capital on the weekend, only to be grounded due to the Qantas shutdown.
The situation has been made worse because Bangkok is under threat from the worst floods in half a century.
Etihad Airways said today it would operate three Abu Dhabi-Bangkok-Sydney return services, subject to government approval, on Tuesday November 1, Wednesday November 2 and Thursday November 3.
“We have also been in contact with travel management companies and tour operators in Australia, Europe and the UK, who are looking for seats to get their customers home to Australia, and we are doing everything possible to help them by offering capacity at competitive fares" said Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan.
For information or to book an Etihad Airways flight, contact Etihad Airways in Australia on 1800 998 995 or visit etihad.com.
For the very latest, check out the rest of Australian Business Traveller's continuing coverage of the Qantas shutdown.
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