Strike by Employees of Lufthansa Again; Flights Cancelled on Sunday and Monday

A Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet CRJ-900 aircraft operated by Lufthansa awaits passengers at the gate in Munich — one of the airports expected to be most impacted by the strike on Monday, April 22, 2013 — before its flight to Rotterdam, which may be one of the flights canceled during the strike. Photograph by FlyerTalk member HangukStyle. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by HangukStyle.

If you plan on being a passenger on Lufthansa anytime on Sunday, April 21, 2013 and Monday, April 22, 2013, you are well advised to keep yourself up to date with a warning strike which is planned to be implemented by Die Vereinte Dienstleistungsgewerkschaft — a trade union also known as ver.di, which represents approximately 33,000 employees of Lufthansa — reportedly emanating from a dispute over pay.

Almost 1,800 flights have already been canceled as a result of the looming strike — which is three times greater than the number of flights canceled during a strike on Thursday, March 21, 2013.

An official statement has been released by Lufthansa, which reports the latest travel information as follows:

Due to the announced strike actions on Monday, 22 April, nearly all Lufthansa flights within Germany and Europe will be cancelled. Only a select few short-haul flights will operate on Monday, such as in Berlin, where strike actions should end by 2:30pm CET. In all, only 20 of the 1,650 planned Lufthansa short-haul flights on Monday will operate due to the limited flight schedule.
“In addition to the cancellations in Germany and Europe, massive flight cancellations and delays are to be expected for long-haul flights beginning Sunday, April 21. Of the 50 planned flights in Frankfurt, only six will operate; in Munich, of the 17 planned flights, only three will operate; whereas, in Dusseldorf all three long-haul flights are scheduled to operate as planned.

Flights operated by Germanwings will not be affected.
“Lufthansa regrets any inconvenience to Lufthansa passengers caused by the threatened strike measures by ver.di and will do its utmost to minimise impacts on passengers. Passenger support and service has paramount priority.”
“Passengers are kindly asked to please check the status of their flight.”

Passengers holding a Lufthansa ticket for flights from, to, or via a German airport on April 22, 2013 can rebook once free of charge or refunded if the ticket has been issued on or before April 20, 2013.
Although many of its domestic and short-haul European flights have already been cancelled, Lufthansa will reportedly attempt to operate long-haul international flights as close to normal as possible.
FlyerTalk members are preparing for the strike, which is the result of an ongoing wage dispute where the union is reportedly demanding an increase in wages of 5.2 percent on behalf of the employees it represents — along with job security, as well as an improved dismissal and redundancy policy — as Lufthansa is attempting to cut costs due to increased competition and higher fuel prices
Lufthansa reportedly countered with an offer to raise salaries by 1.2 percent from October of 2013 — with an additional 0.5 percent raise a year later — in a deal that would have run for 29 months and would not guarantee jobs.
The strike action is an obvious response to the rejection of the offer by Lufthansa by its employees…

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