Aussie travellers continue to fly with Qantas

Qantas has faced a turbulent time in recent months, as an industrial dispute in November forced the carrier's entire fleet of aircraft to be grounded.

Many Aussies were left frustrated by the move and chose other airlines when booking trips abroad.

The firm's financial figures for the six months leading up to December 31st 2011 highlighted its problems, as it posted profits of $202 million – which was down from $417 million in the first half of the previous year.

However, it appears that many Aussies have been willing to forgive and forget, as Qantas has this week (March 1st) announced that its passenger numbers were on the rise again in January 2012.

It seems that plenty of holidaymakers are increasingly keen to use their travel credit cards in a foreign land and the extra demand for international travel has benefited Qantas.

Bosses at the company told the Australian Associated Press that it carried 580,000 international passengers during the month, which was a year-on-year rise of 3.6 per cent.

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