By Daniel Hunter

Qantas Airways has announced plans to pay gives bonuses totaling AUS$90 million ($68m; £43m) to workers affected by an 18-month pay freeze.

Australia's national airline said the bonus pool would benefit around 28,000 workers, including those at its subsidiary Jetstar.

It comes after Qantas reported its strongest half-year profits in four years, earlier in the year.

A year earlier, the airline reported its biggest ever losses and cut 5,000 jobs the year before that.

Chief executive Alan Joyce said: "Our ability to make these bonus payments reflects a bright future for the Qantas Group, provided we stay focused on fully delivering the transformation program that has brought us this far."

Workers will receive a one-off payment worth 5% of their basic salary when Qantas announces its full-year figures in August.