Lufthansa Airlines canceled nearly all its flights in and out of Frankfurt and Munich on Wednesday, leaving greater than 130,000 vacationers scrambling, after round 3,000 staff walked off the job to protest for higher wages.
As of Wednesday night in Germany, the airline mentioned it had slashed 678 flights to and from Frankfurt and 345 flights to and from its Munich hub over the earlier 48 hours.
“Looking ahead to the coming weekend, the start of the vacation season in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, Lufthansa is working flat out to return flight operations to normal as quickly as possible,” the corporate mentioned in a press release. The airline added that though it might attempt to rebook passengers on different flights, “the capacities available for this are very limited.”
The protest is scheduled to finish at 6 a.m. Thursday native time, in line with Dennis Dacke, an official for the United Services Trade Union, referred to as ver.di. Starting at 3:45 a.m. Wednesday, floor providers personnel, customer support brokers, airport check-in brokers and different “nonflying” Lufthansa staff who belong to ver.di walked off their jobs in Munich, Frankfurt, Berlin and different areas, he mentioned. If a Lufthansa agent picked up the cellphone to assist somebody rebook a flight, the agent was seemingly outdoors Germany, he added.
“Salaries are not high enough to account for inflation,” Mr. Dacke mentioned as clarification for the protest. The union is pushing for 9.5 % pay will increase for floor employees and a minimal wage of 13 euros an hour, or about $13 at present alternate charges, for logistics personnel.
In a press release, Lufthansa outlined pay will increase that it had already provided throughout “previously constructive collective bargaining” and lamented the influence on passengers “during the peak travel season.” Flight attendants and pilots, who’ve their very own unions, didn’t take part in the protest.
The cancellations additionally affected different airways. Air Canada consolidated two flights between Toronto and Frankfurt right into a single flight with a bigger plane, the airline mentioned.