Strike by Employees of Lufthansa Tomorrow

A Boeing 747-8i aircraft operated by Lufthansa as flight 456 on February 4, 2013 awaits passengers at gate Z66 in Frankfurt — one of the airports expected to be most impacted by the strike on Thursday, March 21, 2013. Photograph by FlyerTalk member turkishflyer1. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by turkishflyer1.

If you plan on being a passenger on Lufthansa anytime tomorrow, Thursday, March 21, 2013, you are well advised to keep yourself up to date with a strike — reportedly emanating from a dispute over pay — which is planned to be implemented by ground staff.
Greater than 500 flights have already been canceled as a result of the looming strike.
An official statement has been released by Lufthansa, which reports the latest travel information as follows:

“Due to announced strikes of Lufthansa staff at the airports Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne as well as several other locations on 21 March 2013 between 5 a.m. and noon Lufthansa will cancel most of its domestic and short haul flights. Long haul flights are expected to operate on time.
“Lufthansa regrets any inconvenience to Lufthansa passengers caused by the threatened strike measures by ver.di union and will do its utmost to minimise impacts on passengers. Passenger support and service has paramount priority.

“All Lufthansa passengers are urged to check the status of their flight before beginning their journey at My bookings.
“If your flight is operating, please plan for some extra time when travelling to the airport, as you may experience longer waiting times in the terminals.”

Passengers holding a Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines or Brussels Airlines ticket for flights from, to, or via a German airport on March 21, 2013 can rebook free of charge via the Internet under the following conditions:

  • The ticket needs to have been issued on or before March 20, 2013
  • The new travel date needs to be on or before June 30, 2013
  • Rebooking within the original fare: Except for Lufthansa Group operated flights, a rebooking can be in the next higher booking class
  • Departure or arrival city — as well as class of travel — remain unchanged
  • All further original ticket conditions apply without changes

Although many or its domestic flights have already been cancelled, Lufthansa will reportedly attempt to operate long-haul international flights as close to normal as possible.
Some FlyerTalk members are offended at being held “hostage” as a result of a wage dispute where approximately 33,000 employees are reportedly demanding an increase in wages of 5.2 percent — along with an improved dismissal and redundancy policy — as Lufthansa is attempting to cut costs due to increased competition and higher fuel prices.
Talks are expected to resume the day after the strike…

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