Lufthansa cabin staff strikes set to affect 120,000 passengers this week

Lufthansa cabin staff strikes set to affect 120,000 passengers this week
Around 200,000 people were impacted by strikes last week (Image credit: Photofex/Adobe Stock)

Lufthansa said around 120,000 passengers will be affected by strikes this week as cabin staff are set to walk out across key German airports.

This week Lufthansa staff will go on strike at Frankfurt and Munich airports on 12 March and 13 March, respectively.

Totalling 1,000 flights, Lufthansa told Airside it has cancelled 600 flights from Frankfurt on 12 March and 400 flights from Munich on 13 March.

The airline estimates that 70,000 Frankfurt and 50,000 Munich passengers will be affected as a result.

Around 200,000 people were impacted by delays and cancellations after strikes took place last week.

A Lufthansa spokesperson said the airline will have to “adjust its flight programme on both days”, adding that “we regret the inconvenience that the strike call and the rail strike may cause [customers] in view of the current exceptional situation.”

The airline tells passengers: “Guests whose flights are affected by the strikes are currently being rebooked. This process has the highest priority for us and is still ongoing. We therefore ask for your patience.

“Guests whose booking has already been processed will receive information about the cancellation of their flight and, of course, rebooking options individually by email or in the Lufthansa app.

“Guests who have received a rail voucher as an alternative travel option will unfortunately not be able to use this voucher on 12 March.

“Due to an additional nationwide strike by the train drivers’ union GDL, train services will be completely cancelled throughout Germany on this day. Guests are therefore advised to use their rail voucher on Wednesday, 13 March.”

Meanwhile, a statement on Munich Airport’s website reads: “Due to the strike, there will be considerable restrictions and flight cancellations at Munich Airport.

“Passengers who are affected by flight cancellations as a result of the UFO [union] strike will be informed by Lufthansa by email or via the Lufthansa app.

“Travellers are advised to check the flight status of their airline before arriving at the airport.”

Airside has contacted Frankfurt and Munich airports for further comment.