Airlines fail to get damages from union for strike

Lufthansa and others fail to claim millions of euros
Lufthansa and several other airlines in Germany have failed to claim millions of euros in damages from the country’s air traffic controllers’ union for a strike at Stuttgart Airport in 2009 and for planned strikes in 2011.
A federal court ruled that four airlines – Lufthansa, Air Berlin, Germanwings and TUIfly – had no right to damages from the union, GdF, for cancelled, delayed or diverted flights resulting from the six-hour strike on April 6, 2009.
The court explained that the strike had been aimed at the operations of the German air traffic controllers’ authority, not at the airlines.
The airlines were claiming around €35,000 in damages. They had already failed in appeals in lower courts.
The court also rejected separate claims by Lufthansa, Air Berlin and Ryanair for around €3.5 million for two strikes that were planned for August 2011 but did not take place.


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