SAS cancels 56 flights between Scandinavia and Germany
Monday’s strike at 10 German airports will hit 1,688 Lufthansa flights and is therefore over-inclusive. Just 32 Lufthansa flights will be carried out, the latest reports say. And SAS has cancelled 56 of its own flights on Monday because of the Lufthansa strike.
Around 33,000 Lufthansa employees are preparing to strike during the day, causing intense problems for air traffic into and out of Germany. Verdi, the union representing the airline’s workers, sent out a strike notice on Friday. Lufthansa says it is “drawing up a special timetable for 22 April 2013 in order to provide passengers with the greatest possible planning security in the circumstances”. It has published a list of cancelled flights under the heading “current flight information” on its website www.lufthansa.com.
On Friday evening, SAS opted to cancel 56 flights between Scandinavia and Germany, including flights between Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo and six German airports. SAS passengers due to fly on April 22 can rebook to another departure date before July 31 at no extra cost. SAS has blocked new bookings for all flights between Scandinavia and Germany with the exception of routes to Berlin.
In Berlin, the Lufthansa strikes are due to take place until 14:00, while strikes in Nuremberg will affect only morning traffic. All flights operated by the low-cost Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings will be maintained, while Lufthansa says it will try its best to implement intercontinental flights.
As previously reported, the clash between Lufthansa employees and management is about wages. According to Verdi, Lufthansa offered to increase salaries by 1.2% from October 2013 and a further 0.5% a year later. The offer would be valid for 29 months and contained no job guarantees, something the union has been pressing for. Lufthansa says it has offered to raise salaries in two steps to between 1.7% and 2.3% in a deal lasting until June 2015, the increases depending on the division the employee works in.
The union calls Lufthansa’s offer “scandalous”, while the airline describes the union action as “absurd” and “out of proportion”.
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[pictured: Boeing 747-8; photo courtesy Lufthansa]