Around 900 Lufthansa planes will be absent from Germany’s national air traffic radar for the next 24 hours as cabin crew go on strike over pay and job security.
bbc.co.uk reports that the country’s flagship airline will fly at only half its normal capacity as a result of the strike-action, which is organised by the UFO union.
It is the third strike to be staged by staff over the last eight days and has affected airports throughout Germany including Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich. Reuters.com predicts that the strikes have cost Lufthansa around 10 million euros (£7.9 million) during this time.
The UFO is seeking a five per cent pay rise for its members, who make up around two-thirds of the airline’s total staff. It claims they haven’t had any pay rises for the last three years.
According to a Lufthansa spokesperson, who spoke to German television earlier, UFO’s invitation to the table “is still open”.
Passengers who are currently affected by flight cancellations are being re-booked onto alternate flights where possible. Carriers including British Airways, Air Berlin and Austrian Airlines, meanwhile, are flying larger planes to accommodate other passengers affected by the strike.
Lufthansa flies passengers to German airports from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Heathrow, Gatwick, London City, Manchester and Birmingham.