Lufthansa pilots’ strike tomorrow and Tuesday (20/21 Oct)Back to Forum
Anonymous19 Oct 2014
Just bear in mind that there will be a Lufthansa pilots’ strike tomorrow and Tuesday, October 20/21.
It starts at around lunchtime and will last into Tuesday evening. It will affect both short and medium-haul flights.
The strike couldn’t have happened at a worse time. Not only will it hit the beginning of the business week but it has only been announced a few hours ago (and on a Sunday too) so many passengers will be unaware of the ramifications.
In German language:19 Oct 2014
Strike by pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit for flights from 13.00 on October 20th until 23.59 on October 21st
The pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit has announced a strike for all Lufthansa flights operated by the aircraft types A320, Boeing 737, and Embraer departing between 13.00 CEST on October 20th to 23.59 CEST on October 21st. During the strike period disruptions of Lufthansa short- and medium-haul flights are expected. For Tuesday, October 21st, the strike has been extended to Lufthansa intercontinental flights as well. An updated flight schedule will be published on their web site at around 13.00 CEST. Flights operated by the Lufthansa Group airlines Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, SWISS and Air Dolomiti (operated by OS, SN, 4U, LX, EN) will not be affected and operate as scheduled.
Passengers, whose flights have been cancelled, can rebook free of charge to alternative flights, you might already find alternative flights for which you may be able to check in.
If your flight has not been cancelled and you are holding a Lufthansa/SWISS/Austrian Airlines or Brussels Ticket for flights from/to/via Frankfurt, Munich, and Düsseldorf on October 20th – 21st, you can rebook your ticket once free of charge.
The following conditions have to apply:
Rebooking within same booking class:
– Tickets must be issued on/before 19.10.2014
– New date of travel must be on/before January 31st, 2015
– Change of origin/destination and class of service/compartment is not permitted
– All other ticket conditions must be observed as per original ticket
Passengers affected by flight cancellations who are not able to utilise the self-service options, should contact the dedicated Lufthansa Call Center set up specially for the purpose. The free phone number to call from Germany is: 0800 850 60 70*. Callers from outside Germany should phone their local Lufthansa phone numbers.
Use of Deutsche Bahn
Passengers travelling within Germany whose flights have been cancelled due to the strike may alternatively travel by train with Deutsche Bahn. To do this exchange your ticket for a train ticket on the website20 Oct 2014
The current strike action by Lufthansa pilots is scheduled to end in a few hours’ time.
But latest news from Reuters is that the pilots union may strike again later this week “if Lufthansa doesn’t budge.”21 Oct 2014