Lufthansa Cancels More than 1,000 Flights Due to Upcoming Strike

July 26, 2022
German airline Lufthansa is cancelling more than 1,000 flights in and out of its Frankfurt and Munich hubs in the coming days due to a strike by ground staff on Wednesday.

Frankfurt — German airline Lufthansa is cancelling more than 1,000 flights in and out of its Frankfurt and Munich hubs in the coming days due to a strike by ground staff on Wednesday.

Some 134,000 passengers will be affected by the cancellations between Tuesday and Friday, the carrier said.

Verdi, one of Germany's largest unions, has called on the approximately 20,000 ground staff employed by Lufthansa to stage a one-day strike on Wednesday to build up pressure in the ongoing pay negotiations.

Lufthansa chief human resources officer Michael Niggemann criticized the move. "The early escalation after only two days of negotiations in a collective bargaining round that has so far been constructive is causing enormous damage," he said.

"It affects our passengers during the peak travel season, and it puts an additional heavy burden on our employees in an already difficult phase of air traffic."

In addition to the hubs in Frankfurt and Munich, flights to and from Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin, Bremen, Hanover, Stuttgart and Cologne were also affected.

Passengers without the possibility to reschedule should not come to the airports because "few or no" service counters will be open, the company warned.

Verdi said it expected a high level of participation in the strike on Wednesday.

Verdi strike leader Marvin Raschinsky said he also expected effects on other airlines, as the individuals on strike also provide services to other companies.

Lufthansa has been forced to scrap thousands of flights to and from its national hubs Frankfurt and Munich this summer due to severe staff shortages.

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