Due to strikes at German airports cancelled 800 flights

Lester Mason
April 12, 2018

Jana Glaeser had arrived in Frankfurt from Miami and her flight to Berlin was canceled.

The walkout has forced German airline Lufthansa to cancel some 800 flights and is expected to paralyse traffic in numerous country's western cities. It said 90,000 guests had been changed.

A strike by public sector workers in Germany caused several hundred domestic and worldwide flights to be cancelled and local transport in some locations to be suspended on Tuesday.

BERLIN-Strikes by German public sector workers and French airline staff forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights in Europe on Tuesday as unions demand better pay. "Allowing public sector workers to share in this favorable economic development is not only fair, it secures the future of the public sector".

Unions representing a huge number of additional German staff procured generous pay rises earlier in the day this year. They also won guarantees for more flexible working hours.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel center attends a cabinet meeting as part of a two-day retreat at the government guest house Meseberg castle in Gransee north of Berlin Germany Wednesday
Due to strikes at German airports cancelled 800 flights

Affected airports include Frankfurt, which is Germany's biggest, as well as Munich, Cologne-Bonn and Bremen. The airport hosts 64 million passengers a year.

The last attack to cause a comparable level of disruption at Frankfurt Airport has been two decades in the past.

The mood at the Lufthansa hub was relatively calm because most passengers were warned about the cancellations on Monday, according to airport spokesperson Torben Beckmann.

Lufthansa said in a statement it was "completely unacceptable for its union to impose this battle on uninvolved passengers". "Lufthansa is not a party to this conflict, but it is for us and our clients to the impact of this strike", - says the head of management personnel of the company Bettina, Volkens.

Verdi said the strike at Frankfurt airport would run from 5 a.m.to 6 p.m. local time (0300-1600 GMT) on Tuesday and involve security staff, as well as workers who load and unload planes.

Labour union Verdi said that ground traffic personnel and customer support would also be affected by the so-called "warning strikes", called as part of a pay dispute.

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