Travel chaos: Lufthansa to cancel 800 flights on Tuesday
April 10, 2018 08:26 AM NPT
FRANKFURT, April 10: German airline giant Lufthansa said it will cancel "more than 800" flights on Tuesday as public-sector workers walk out on strike for more pay, hobbling major airports like Frankfurt. "Lufthansa must cancel more than 800 of its planned 1,600 flights tomorrow, including 58 long-distance services, because of the strike," the group said in a statement, adding that around 90,000 passengers would be affected.
Service would be back to normal on Wednesday after the strike, which will see groups like support staff and airport firefighters walk off the job between 05.00 am and 6.00 pm local time, Lufthansa added. Frankfurt airport warned on its website of "significant delays and cancellations" affecting many airlines. The Tuesday "warning strike" will also hit Munich, Cologne and Bremen airports.
Major union Verdi said its walkouts between April 10 and 13 aim at "increasing pressure" on employers to "allow public sector workers a share in good economic performance" in Europe's largest economy, where tax income has surged as the pace of growth has picked up.