German airports hindered by pilot strikes

7th July 2008, Comments 0 comments

German airports are plagued by a 24-hour strike taken by Lufthansa subsidiaries

Passengers had to deal with delays and flight cancellations at all German airports on Monday as two Lufthansa subsidiaries went on a 24-hour strike, demanding unspecified pay rises.

Roughly 1,000 Cityline and Eurowings pilots went on strike for the day due to a pay dispute between workers' union Cockpit and the companies, causing flights across the country to be delayed or cancelled outright, though the extent to which the strike will affect services is still unknown. All of the country's airports have been hit by the strikes, but the worst affected were Frankfurt and Hamburg.

A Lufthansa spokesperson announced that by midday, roughly 200 flights had been cancelled, according to daily Frankfurter Rundschau. The flights were set for destinations both within Germany and to other European countries. Tickets for flights within Germany could be exchanged for train tickets for no additional cost, and Lufthansa called on customers to check its website or contact its call centre in order to find out which flights had been cancelled.

Though Cockpit has called for pay rises for Cityline and Eurowings pilots, no specific amount has been demanded. The strike, which the union called for at short notice, is part of a dispute which has already lasted some months. Cockpit, which has roughly 8,200 members, told daily Frankfurter Rundschau that “no definite offers” had been made by Lufthansa, leading 99 percent of the union members to vote for strike action. The strike took place at short notice, taking Lufthansa surprised. A spokesperson for the company told the paper that it had now offered Cockpit a deal.

Airports were previously affected by Cityline and Eurowings strikes in May and June.

--Dave Baxter


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