More than 130,000 passengers on nearly a thousand flights departing from and arriving at the two main air hubs in Frankfurt and Munich are concerned.
The leading European transport group airline Lufthansa will cancel “almost all” of its flights in Germany on Wednesday due to a strike by its ground staff, the company announced in a press release, in an already tense context for aviation European.
More than 130,000 passengers on nearly a thousand flights departing from and arriving at the two main air hubs in Frankfurt and Munich are concerned, specifies the German company the day after the call for strike by the Verdi union in the context of wage negotiations.
The service union announced a strike on Monday for the period from 3:45 a.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Thursday to increase the pressure on management as he demands a 9.5% wage increase.
This social movement will concern ground employees, particularly in maintenance, but also operators of aircraft towing vehicles, essential to the proper functioning of the airport, which means that it will have a massive impact, according to the carrier.
Lufthansa must therefore cancel a total of 678 flights in Frankfurt and 345 in Munich, including 47 from Tuesday for the two most important hubs in Germany.
The impact of the strike may lead to occasional cancellations and delays on Thursday and Friday, the company specifies.
The social movement comes at the height of the travel season just days before the start of the school holidays in two regions of southern Germany – when travelers have already found themselves facing long waits in airports in recent weeks and serial flight cancellations, due to a lack of staff.
Since the lifting of health restrictions at the start of the year, airlines and airports have been struggling to meet the sharply rising demand after two years of slow traffic during which the sector lost many employees.
More than 7,000 employees are currently missing in the German airline sector, according to a study by the economic institute IW published at the end of June.
Lufthansa has already canceled some 6,000 flights this summer, while Germany's largest airport in Frankfurt plans to reduce the number of departures to further stabilize disrupted flight operations.