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German flag carrier Lufthansa will cancel 800 flights tomorrow as Lufthansa, and Lufthansa Cargo pilots take strike action. The airline said that almost all flights to and from Frankfurt and Munich airport will be canceled tomorrow as a result of the strikes.
The European aviation industry has seen its fair share of strike action this summer. SAS, Iberia Express, and Lufthansa are just a few of the airlines to be affected. In the case of Lufthansa, this is not the first strike action that it has come Earlier this summer, the German flag carrier canceled most flights for 24 hours due to a similar strike by ground handling personnel at German airports.
800 flights canceled tomorrow
Lufthansa has canceled around 800 flights to and from both Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport tomorrow. Some additional flights will need to be canceled tonight ahead of the strike action, which will start at 00:01 local time, and end at 23:59. According to the airline, this means that most of its flights tomorrow will not operate. Lufthansa forecasts that 130,000 passengers will be affected by the cancelations, with disruption expected to extend into the weekend.
Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo pilots will go on strike tomorrow. Photo: Getty Images
This weekend marks the end of the summer holidays in Hesse (the federal state containing Frankfurt Airport), Rhineland-Palatinate, and Saarland, meaning that it was likely to be a busy travel period for the German carrier.
Two days’ notice given
The union behind the strike, Vereinigung Cockpit, announced the strike yesterday following failed wage negotiations with the German flag carrier, meaning that Lufthansa has very little time to get its ducks in order. Without pilots, the airlines’ flights won’t operate, meaning that the decision to cancel flights was really the only option.
“Passengers affected by cancellations will be informed immediately and, if possible, rebooked on alternative flights.”
Rebooking passengers on such flights may not be so easy, though. Given the timing of the strike, flights over the coming days are likely already well booked, meaning they won’t have sufficient space for a whole days’ worth of canceled passengers on busy routes. The problem is compounded by the fact that rival carriers that passengers would also usually be rebooked onto are lacking in capacity themselves.
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