Today’s strikes by cabin staff due to last all day
Lufthansa has been forced to axe 190 flights in and out of Frankfurt today, as a result of the latest protest by cabin crew represented by the union UFO. Most of these are short- and medium-haul flights, with most long-haul flights unaffected, the airline says. Clearly Lufthansa does not want a repeat of its underreporting of the number of flights cancelled last Friday, when it initially said 64 would be axed but in fact close to 200 were cancelled.
As reported, the strike on Tuesday affects flights to and from Berlin-Tegel airport, Munich and Frankfurt. The strike by the cabin staff started at Berlin at 05:00 Tuesday morning and is lasting for eight hours, to 13:00. Excluded are cabin staff based in Delhi and Bangkok. Staff are also striking at Frankfurt from 06:00 to 14:00 CET and Munich from 13:00 to as late as 22:00 CET.
There is no effect on Danish routes from Berlin. The flights between Berlin-Tegel and Copenhagen are a collaboration between SAS and Lufthansa. It is SAS that operates flights and these are not expected to be affected by the strike. However, Lufthansa flies between Berlin-Tegel and Stockholm’s Arlanda airport. Here it initially appears that the morning flights between Berlin and Stockholm are not being operated.
[pictured: Lufthansa 747; photo by John Crozier, copyright The Boeing Company 2011]