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Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for January Thanks to Rise in Intercontinental Traffic

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for January Thanks to Rise in Intercontinental Traffic

Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced traffic figures for January 2014.
The airport’s passenger traffic for the month increased 1.3% year-over-year in large part thanks to an increase in intercontinental traffic.  Even with the increase in traffic, aircraft movements at the airport were down by 2.6% to 34,611 takeoffs and landings.
The airport did however report an increase in accumulated maximum takeoff weights of 2.6% to ca. 2.2 …

Pilots’ Union Calls for Two-Day Strike at Lufthansa’s Germanwings Unit

Pilots’ Union Calls for Two-Day Strike at Lufthansa’s Germanwings Unit

Travelers in Germany are facing what will be the second strike in that country this month as the union representing pilots at Lufthansa’s discount airline Germanwings threatened a two-day job action.
Vereinigung Cockpit said Tuesday that it is calling for a 48-hour strike starting midnight Thursday local time.  All Germanwings flights in Germany will be impacted.  The union said that the job action was due to a failure of talks this …

Security Worker Strike Set for Monday at German Airports

Security Worker Strike Set for Monday at German Airports

Security screeners at three German airports will hold a one-day strike on Monday.
Workers who staff security checkpoints at Hamburg, Hannover, and Stuttgart airports plan to walk off the job early Monday morning.  The move by ver.di, one of the world’s largest unions with 2.1 million members, follows its demand for a €2.50 per hour wage increase for airport security staff.
The job action will impact over 40,000 passengers in Hamburg alone.  Meanwhile, …

Berlin’s Grand Hotel Esplanade Reopens As Sheraton

Berlin’s Grand Hotel Esplanade Reopens As Sheraton

Starwood Hotels announced the opening of the Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade, formerly the Grand Hotel Esplanade.  The hotel, which has no connection to the pre-war Hotel Esplanade on the Potsdamer Platz, is in Berlin Mitte, not far from the Kurfürstendamm or Ku’damm, one of the city’s most fashionable shopping streets, as well as near the Potsdamer Platz and the Tiergarten park.  The hotel overlooks the Landwehrkanal that runs parallel …

Lufthansa Strike Strands Over 150,000 Passengers

Lufthansa Strike Strands Over 150,000 Passengers

A two-day strike by Lufthansa pilots forced the airline to cancel nearly half of its flights and left tens of thousands of passengers stranded.
The German flag carrier cancelled 1,350 flights on the first day of the strike, which will run through Tuesday.  It is the pilots’ ninth strike this year.
The strike began noon local time on Monday and impacts all short- and medium-haul flights out of Germany for that period …

Lufthansa Pilots Plan New Round of Strikes Starting Monday

Lufthansa Pilots Plan New Round of Strikes Starting Monday

Lufthansa pilots announced plans to go on strike Monday and Tuesday following a breakdown in talks between the airline and its pilots union last week.
The move will ground Lufthansa passenger flights on Monday, December 1, from noon local time until Tuesday, December 2 at 11:59 p.m.  The strike will impact all short- and medium-haul flights out of Germany for that period as well as all long-haul flights and cargo flights …

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for October Despite Strikes

Frankfurt Airport Traffic Up for October Despite Strikes

Fraport AG, the owner and operator of Frankfurt Airport, announced results for October 2014.
The airport’s passenger traffic for the month increased 1.4% year-over-year to 5.5 million passengers.  The rise occurred despite approximately 1,100 strike-related flight cancellations at the airport, which affected nearly 137,500 passengers.
The strikes did result in an overall decline in aircraft movements however, with a 1.5% drop in October 2014, for a total of 41,947 takeoffs and landings.
The …