Travel Alert: Pilots to Possibly Strike on Lufthansa April 2-4, 2014; Many Flights Already Cancelled

You might see this Boeing 747-8 aircraft operated by Lufthansa grounded for three days from April 2, 2014 through April 4, 2014 due to a possible strike by pilots — and this is no April Fool joke. Photograph by FlyerTalk member YYZ13. Click on the photograph for a trip report written by YYZ13.

Vereinigung Cockpit — also known as VC, which is the pilots union — has announced a “worldwide labour action” of its members at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings for three days from Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 00:00, through Friday, April 4, 2014, at 23:59, according to the official Internet web site of Lufthansa.
To exacerbate matters: Light + Building — the “leading trade fair” in the world for architecture and technology — is scheduled to occur during that time in Frankfurt, resulting in rooms at hotel properties being scarce or very expensive…
…or having no vacancy at all. “Forget about getting a room during that time courtesy of LH – if you strand in FRA you will sleep on a bench…”, warned FlyerTalk member djohannw in this discussion where FlyerTalk members who may potentially be affected by the possible strike by the pilots are scrambling to figure out alternative travel plans.
Lufthansa has published a list earlier today with an adjusted flight schedule — including flights which have already been canceled — as well as information for passenger services.
If you are holding a ticket on a flight operated by Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines or Brussels scheduled for April 2, 2014 through April 4th, 2014 from, to or via Germany, you are permitted to rebook your flight free of charge only one time “with immediate effect”, provided that:

  • The ticket was issued on or before Friday, March 28, 2014
  • The new travel date is on or before Tuesday, September 30, 2014
  • The original ticket class remains unchanged
  • The change adheres to all other fare conditions

If you are expecting to fly as a passenger on a Germanwings flight operated by Eurowings, you are in luck, as those flights are not affected by the strike.
I first mentioned the possibility of strikes in this article I posted here at The Gate:

“In fact, the latest discussion pertaining to the possibility of pilots going on strike was posted within this past week regarding the 92 percent of members of the Vereinigung Cockpit union for pilots in Germany who voted to use strikes as an option — and work stoppages could commence at any time. Watch for possible labor actions to occur this year if you plan on flying as a passenger aboard commercial aircraft operated by Lufthansa.”

“I have a funny feeling that there won’t be a strike”, hopes FlyerTalk member LufthansaFlyer.
Many FlyerTalk members hope that you are correct, LufthansaFlyer — but this travel alert is being posted just in case.

2 thoughts on “Travel Alert: Pilots to Possibly Strike on Lufthansa April 2-4, 2014; Many Flights Already Cancelled”

  1. 9vska says:

    748 for the photo, not a 744

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Yow! Thank you for the correction, 9vska.

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