About 134,000 passengers needed to change their journey plans or cancel them altogether as over 1,000 Lufthansa flights had been canceled at present (July 27) due to a one-day strike by the airline’s German floor employees. The strike affected tens of hundreds of passengers within the newest journey turmoil to hit Europe.
At least 47 connections had already been canceled on Tuesday (July 26), German information company dpa reported. Lufthansa’s primary hubs in Frankfurt and Munich had been most affected, however flights had been additionally canceled in Duesseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin, Bremen, Hannover, Stuttgart, and Cologne.
The airline suggested affected passengers to not come to the airports as a result of many of the counters there wouldn’t be staffed anyway. The ver.Di service staff’ union introduced the strike on Monday because it seeks to lift stress on Lufthansa in negotiations on pay for about 20,000 workers of logistical, technical, and cargo subsidiaries of the airline.
The walkout comes at a time when airports in Germany and throughout Europe are already seeing disruption and lengthy strains for safety checks due to employees shortages and souring journey demand.
As inflation soars, strikes for increased pay by airport crews in France and Scandinavian Airlines pilots in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark have deepened the chaos for vacationers who’ve confronted last-minute cancellations, prolonged delays, misplaced baggage, or lengthy waits for luggage in airports throughout Europe.
Travel is booming this summer season after two years of COVID-19 restrictions, swamping airways and airports that do not have sufficient staff after pandemic-era layoffs. Airports like London’s Heathrow and Amsterdam’s Schiphol have restricted day by day flights or passenger numbers.
The Lufthansa strike began early on Wednesday at 3.45 am (native time) and is about to finish early on Thursday.
Such warning strikes are a standard tactic in German labor negotiations and usually final from a number of hours to a day or two. Ver.Di is asking for a 9.5 p.c pay enhance this 12 months and says a suggestion by Lufthansa earlier this month, which might contain a deal for an 18-month interval, falls far in need of its calls for.
Lufthansa’s chief personnel officer, Michael Niggemann, argued that “this so-called warning strike in the middle of the peak summer travel season is simply no longer proportionate.”
(With inputs from PTI)