German airports to be hit by strikes on Thursday 27th March 2014

German airports to be hit by strikes on Thursday 27th March 2014

Source: Reuters; 26th March 2015

Passengers at German airports face lengthy delays on Thursday after trade union Verdi called for a strike by ground staff as part of wider industrial action over public sector pay.

Verdi on Tuesday called on ground staff, baggage handlers and maintenance staff at almost all of Germany's big airports to strike during the morning shift on Thursday, which runs until 1300 GMT.

The airport strike is part of wider industrial action by public sector workers, including those driving local transport or running childcare centres, after public sector pay talks failed to produce any sign of a deal.

Lufthansa will cancel almost all flights within Germany and Europe at Frankfurt and Munich which were scheduled for tomorrow in the period up to 14.00 hours. Exceptions to this will be Germanwings flights as well as flights by regional subsidiaries Lufthansa Cityline, Eurowings and Air Dolomiti which they expect to be able to operate. However there could still be delays or individual cancellations to some of these flights. Long-haul flights to and from Frankfurt and Munich airports will also be affected by cancellations.

Verdi represents around 6,000 public sector airport workers in Frankfurt, Europe's third-largest hub. Lufthansa said it would have to cancel a majority of its flights from Frankfurt if many workers took part in the action. The strike will affect Cologne-Bonn, Duesseldorf, Hamburg, Hanover and Stuttgart airports, as well as Munich and Frankfurt.

Your Wexas Consultant will advise you if any booked travel is affected by this action.

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