Warning strikes at airports: flights canceled


March 22, 2022 – 6:00 p.m Clock

Cologne (dpa/lnw) – Canceled flights, a test of patience for passengers, sluggish freight traffic: private security forces went on a all-day warning strike at Cologne/Bonn and Düsseldorf airports on Tuesday. In Cologne, the action began at midnight with the passenger check, then the employees in the person, goods and freight control were added, said a spokesman for the Verdi union. “We have a high level of strike participation.” In Cologne/Bonn, this had a strong impact on freight traffic. The warning strike also started in several areas from 4 a.m. in Düsseldorf.

The strike affects numerous airports, including Frankfurt, Berlin and Hamburg. Düsseldorf Airport had previously announced impairments. Significant delays in passenger control are to be expected. “Together with the airlines and authorities, the airport has prepared as best it can for the strike,” the airport said. “Despite longer waiting times, the situation in the terminal was comparatively quiet early in the morning, and the passengers were patient.” A spokesman said the situation had not changed throughout the day.

As a precaution, the airlines canceled around 140 flights – 96 departures and 44 arrivals – to and from Düsseldorf and informed their passengers in advance. As a result, the majority of passengers did not even arrive. Around 260 flight movements were originally planned.

According to the airport, around 90 percent of the planned departures were canceled in Cologne/Bonn. A total of 75 flights were canceled – 52 take-offs and 23 landings. The airport counted about 8500 fewer passengers. Most flights were canceled early and passengers were informed, it said. In the meantime, passenger control was completely closed.

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Both airports pointed out that they were not collective bargaining partners, but merely workplaces where the industrial dispute was being fought.

According to the Verdi spokesman, the collective bargaining dispute at Cologne Airport affects five companies. In Düsseldorf there are two companies. These include smaller companies with around 200 employees and larger ones with 1000 employees. The vast majority of the scheduled staff were involved in the walkout. This also applies to the vehicle inspections in Cologne/Bonn, which have come to a standstill. There is a backlog of trucks onto the highway.

Verdi had already carried out all-day warning strikes at several airports last week, which led to protests at airports and companies. Verdi is conducting collective bargaining with the Federal Association of Aviation Security Companies.

A fifth round is scheduled for Thursday near Frankfurt. “We expect employers to take steps so that we can end the dispute,” said the Verdi spokesman.

The security checks are under the supervision of the Federal Police and are largely outsourced to private service providers. The union is calling for wages in aviation security services to be increased by at least one euro per hour. Regional adjustments and unified collective bargaining groups could become much more expensive, which, according to employers, would bring up to 40 percent more salary for individual employees.

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