‘Extensive’ strikes to hit German airports

27 Apr 2016 by Clement Huang
People travelling to and from Germany’s six airports today have been warned of “extensive” cancellations due to strike action by ground staff. The public sector Verdi workers union has called for strikes from ground handling, passenger checks and airport fire services at Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund and Hannover airports. German airline Lufthansa said there will certainly be cancellations at Frankfurt and Munich but disruptions and delays “must also be expected at all airports involved”. Lufthansa has issued a 'special timetable' featuring information of all affected flights. All intercontinental services from and to Munich today are cancelled. On German domestic and European routes, only a “small number of flights” will operate. The union wants the strikes to put pressure on employers to offer pay rises in the next round of negotiations. Travellers affected by the cancellation of domestic Lufthansa flights as a result of this strike will be able to use the rail services of Deutsche Bahn. They can exchange their air ticket for a rail ticket on or at any check-in desk. “The Wednesday strike called by the Verdi union confirms once again the urgent need for certain ‘rules of play’ on industrial action in the aviation field,” said Bettina Volkens, HR director, Lufthansa. Tom Newcombe
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