Lufthansa had announced that a total of around 800 flights would be canceled due to the strike at its German hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. Around 130,000 passengers are expected to be affected. According to the airport, almost the entire Lufthansa flight program was also canceled in Hamburg. For Germany’s fifth largest airport, this meant: 21 departures to the two hubs were cancelled. About as many flights from Frankfurt and Munich to Helmut Schmidt Airport were canceled.
The morning was quiet at the Lufthansa counter at Hamburg Airport. Most passengers were apparently informed in advance and either had their flight refunded or were rebooked.
Also failures in Bremen and Hanover
In Bremen, four of the seven departures and three of the seven arrivals were canceled, as an airport spokeswoman said. At Hanover Airport, three of the seven Lufthansa departures were also shown as canceled on the airport homepage. In terms of arrivals, three out of seven flights were affected.
Eurowings not affected
Only the pilots of the core company and the freight subsidiary Lufthansa Cargo, which plays no role at Hamburg Airport, were called to the strike. Flights to and from other domestic destinations were served by the Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings – so they were not affected by the strike call by the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilots’ union.
Lufthansa is informing affected passengers
Affected passengers should contact themselves for information about the flights and possible rebookings contact Lufthansa directly, said a spokeswoman for Hamburg Airport. Lufthansa said that the flight schedule would be adjusted and that all guests would be informed with their contact details in the booking via SMS or email.
Collective bargaining stalled
The VC had called for the strike on Wednesday. The official reason for the industrial action is the failed negotiations on a new collective wage agreement from the point of view of the union. Even an exploratory round behind closed doors and an improved offer from the company last week had not brought a breakthrough. VC is demanding a 5.5 percent increase in salary this year for the captains and first officers on board Lufthansa aircraft. Starting in the coming year, an increase in line with inflation is to take place. According to Lufthansa, it recently offered 900 euros more per month, which corresponds to around 5 percent more for experienced captains, but 18 percent more for young professionals. The company has asked the union to continue negotiations.