Lufthansa pilots have called a strike for Monday, triggering a new wave of flight cancellations. The walkout at Europe’s largest airline comes just as Germany recovers from a major train strike over the weekend
In their latest battle to keep early retirement benefits, Lufthansa pilots have announced a 35-hour strike beginning early Monday afternoon, the eighth such work stoppage to hit Europe’s largest airline in less than half a year. The walkout, called by the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit, is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. local time on Monday and last until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday. Lufthansa has cancelled 1,450 short and medium-haul flights, grounding more than 130,000 passengers.
Travelers should visit Lufthansa’s website to check whether their flight has been cancelled. Passengers facing a flight cancellation can book an alternative connection free of charge or exchange their ticket to travel by train. Lufthansa has asked all travellers to check their flight status prior to departure.
Long-haul services affected by the industrial action include all Lufthansa flights on Airbus A380, A340 and A330 planes, as well as any national flights on Boeing 747s, the union said.
The short- and medium-haul flights on the Airbus A320 family, Boeing 737 and Embraer-made planes will be cancelled during the strike.
The strike will not affect Lufthansa’s international subsidiaries Swiss and Austrian Airlines.
Please check before departing for the airport as if you are booked on a Lufthansa flight then it is highly likely to be affected. Please contact us for more information.