Lufthansa Strikes End, Flights to Resume from Frankfurt and Munich

By Ivan PetrenkoFeb 21, 2024 20:53 PMNews
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Lufthansa is set to progressively restore its flight operations following the conclusion of a ground staff strike that led to nearly 1,000 flight cancellations. The strike, which ended on Wednesday morning, primarily affected the airline's Frankfurt and Munich hubs. Despite the resumption of services, Lufthansa has cautioned passengers about potential delays and further cancellations as operations normalize.

Strike Impact and Operations Disruption

The recent labor action, marking the second strike this month, forced Lufthansa to cancel 900 out of 1,000 scheduled flights at the impacted airports. The 35-hour strike, which lasted from early Tuesday to Wednesday morning, saw Lufthansa operating at a mere 10% of its intended capacity. Ground staff at seven major German airports initiated the strike, affecting not only daily operations but also leading to a significant number of preemptive cancellations starting Monday evening.

Passenger and Union Dynamics

The strike wave left over 100,000 passengers in a lurch, overwhelming Lufthansa's customer service. Affected passengers were notified and offered rebooking options at no extra cost. However, the surge in demand for immediate assistance created chaotic conditions for those seeking urgent help. European passenger rights mandate the provision of alternative flights, accommodation, and meals for travelers affected by such cancellations.

Union Demands and Negotiations

Verdi, the trade union behind the strikes, is advocating for a 12.5% wage increase and a one-time bonus of €3,000 to counteract inflation pressures. An earlier proposal from Lufthansa, offering a 10% pay rise, was overwhelmingly rejected by union members. The dispute underscores the broader issue of cost of living adjustments for ground staff amidst rising expenses. Further discussions between Lufthansa and Verdi are anticipated to address these demands.

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