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Lufthansa strike hits air travel as German disruption mounts

Lufthansa strike hits air travel as German disruption mounts

BERLIN: Ground staff at German airline Lufthansa walked out at major airports on Wednesday (Feb 7), raising the pressure in wage talks and piling misery on travellers in Europe’s biggest economy already hit by strikes on railways and public transport. Some 100,000 passengers will be affected by the industrial action, which started at 4am (11am Singapore time) and is due to run until 7.10am local time on Thursday, the national carrier has said. The Verdi union has targeted the Frankfurt and Munich airports, where Lufthansa says only 10 per cent to 20 per cent of flights will operate, as well as Berlin, Hamburg and Duesseldorf. Verdi wants a wage rise of 12.5 per cent for some 25,000 workers, or at least 500 euros (US$537.00) more per month over a 12-month period, plus a one-time payment of 3,000 euros to offset inflation. A wave of nationwide industrial action in the last few weeks has hit air travel, railways and public transport, inflicting pain on the economy and fuelling discontent with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s awkward three-way …

Germany’s Lufthansa Cancels Hundreds of Flights as Its Ground Staff Strike for a Day at 5 Airports

Germany’s Lufthansa Cancels Hundreds of Flights as Its Ground Staff Strike for a Day at 5 Airports

BERLIN (AP) — Ground staff for Lufthansa walked off the job at five major German airports on Wednesday, causing the airline to cancel hundreds of flights. The Ver.di union called on ground staff at Frankfurt and Munich, Lufthansa’s two main hubs, as well as Berlin, Duesseldorf and Hamburg, to strike for 27 hours starting at 4 a.m. Wednesday. Lufthansa said ahead of the strike that it expected to be able to operate around 10-20% of all planned flights. It said tickets could be rebooked free of charge, and tickets for German domestic flights could be converted to rail vouchers. In Frankfurt, the company canceled 80-90% of the planned 600 departures and arrivals by Lufthansa itself and subsidiary Air Dolomiti ahead of the strike, German news agency dpa reported. More than 400 departures and arrivals at Munich Airport also were canceled. All Lufthansa departures from Berlin and Hamburg were canceled, as were most domestic flights from Duesseldorf. Lufthansa anticipated that, in all, more than 100,000 people would have to change their travel plans. Photos You Should …