Lufthansa Cancels 800 Flights Tuesday Amidst Public Sector Strike

By Christian Stampfer on 9 April 2018
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IMG_4989MUNICH—German flag carrier Lufthansa said it was cancelling half of its scheduled flights on Tuesday after German trade union ver.di announced plans for a strike of public-sector workers such as ground workers and firefighters at multiple German airports.

The strike will commence at 5 a.m. local time at Frankfurt and Munich airports as well as at smaller airports such as Cologne and Bremen. The job action is related to a broader pay dispute in public sector jobs in German that also encompasses utility companies, municipal offices, and kindergartens.

Lufthansa said that 58 of the canceled flights are long haul ones and that 90,000 passengers would be affected.  Those flights that do operate are likely to be delayed, it said.

The airline will allow passengers to postpone their bookings by up to seven days.

The strike is “completely unacceptable,” said Lufthansa’s personnel chief, Bettina Volkens. “Lufthansa is not a party in this dispute, but we and our customers are nevertheless impacted by it,” she added.

Ver.di is seeking a 6% pay raise for 2.3 million public-service workers.

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