Lufthansa cabin staff launch 24-hour nationwide strike
As threatened, Lufthansa cabin staff have launched a 24-hour nationwide strike across Germany, so far affecting about a thousand flights and causing travel misery for many thousands of passengers. On average there are 1,800 Lufthansa flights during a normal day, and around half of these will take place, a Lufthansa spokesman said. All parts of Germany and all kinds of flights are affected, including long-haul. The action by the UFO union and 19,000 cabin crew this time affects flights to and from airports in Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg and Stuttgart. Frankfurt airport has been “strongly affected”, according to the airline.
It has been reported that Lufthansa will have to cancel up to 1,200 flights. Among these are 43 flights to and from Scandinavia.
As reported yesterday, Lufthansa is offering all passengers to rebook to other group companies free of charge. The airline’s “goodwill policy” enables passengers with confirmed bookings for Friday September 7 and Saturday September 8 to rebook their tickets. Passengers can choose to rebook to a new travel date before November 30 or to rebook to companies in the group including Austrian, Tyrolean, Swiss, Brussels Airlines and Germanwings.
“We have let it be free for our passengers to rebook to other group companies,” says Morten Balk, country manager at Lufthansa Group in Denmark. “The best advice will be to follow the Lufthansa website. If there is a strike, and you can see that the flight is affected, contact the travel agent or our call centre.”
According to Lufthansa, flights are being operated by Lufthansa Regional not covered by the conflict (Air Dolomiti, Augsburg Airways, CityLine, Eurowings).
[pictured: Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, photo by John Crozier, courtesy Boeing]