A strike by German ground staff has forced Lufthansa to cancel almost all of its flights out of its main Frankfurt and Munich hubs this Wednesday (July 27), according to reports.
The move is expected to impact some 130,000 passengers, many of whom are ready to begin their summer holidays.
Strikes and staff shortages have already forced airlines, including Lufthansa, to cancel thousands of flights and, much like the situation in Canada, operational issues have caused long lines-up at major airports, leaving travel-ready customers frustrated and in the lurch.
Lufthansa said Tuesday it has cancelled 678 flights at its Frankfurt hub, most of which were scheduled for Wednesday, and 345 additional flights at Munich.
Today (Tuesday), 15 flights out of Munich were cancelled.
Germany’s flagship carrier added that there could be more cancellations and delays this Thursday and Friday after the end of the strike called by labour union Ver.di in pursuit of a 9.5 per cent pay claim.
The airline said passengers affected will be contacted Tuesday and rebooked on alternative flights where possible, but warned that “the capacities available for this are very limited.”
The ver.di service workers’ union announced the one-day strike on Monday as it puts heighted pressure on Lufthansa in negotiations on pay for about 20,000 employees working in the logistical, technical and cargo departments of the airline.