The strike announced by the pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) for Friday 2 September in the period from 00:01 to 23:59 hrs. (Central European Summer Time; GMT +2 hrs) will have a massive impact on flight operations – in the middle of the main return travel period at the end of the school holidays in Germany and other European countries.
Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo departures at German airports are affected.
Lufthansa has to cancel 800 flights at its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich for Friday, with single flights also being cancelled as early as today, Thursday 1 September.
An estimated 130,000 passengers will be affected, in view of the upcoming weekend, the end of the holidays in some parts of Europe.
Lufthansa is working with joint forces to return its flight operations to a normal status as quickly as possible.
Nevertheless, the effects of the strike may still lead to individual flight cancellations or delays this Saturday and Sunday.
Eurowings and Eurowings Discover are not affected by the strike call and are scheduled to operate as planned.
Passengers affected by cancellations will be informed immediately today and rebooked on alternative flights if possible.
Michael Niggemann, Chief Human Resources Officer and Labor Director of Deutsche Lufthansa AG: “We cannot understand VC’s call for a strike.
“The management has made a very good and socially balanced offer – despite the continuing burdens of the Covid crisis and uncertain prospects for the global economy.
“This escalation comes at the expense of many thousands of customers.”