Lufthansa pilots’ strike causes 800 flight cancellations – eight from Dublin airport

Lufthansa canceled almost all flights to and from its main hubs in Frankfurt and Munich due to a sudden pilot strike on Friday 2 September.

These include flights LH2517 and LH2519 from Dublin Airport to Munich, which were scheduled to depart at 10.30am and 5.45pm today, and flights LH979 and LH981 to Frankfurt, which were scheduled to depart Dublin at 12.30pm and 5.50pm.

Four inbound flights from Frankfurt and Munich have also been cancelled, with a total of eight Lufthansa flights showing as canceled on airport departure and arrival boards this morning.

At least 800 flights were suspended by the airline after the German pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) called for a 24-hour strike from 12:01 a.m. on Friday.

Cancellations began on Thursday – including a multitude of long-haul flights from Boston, Washington DC and Nairobi to Frankfurt.

The impact is expected to last through the weekend, with long-haul flights to Germany affected until at least Sunday. Arrivals in Frankfurt from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Hong Kong are delayed by several hours.

Lufthansa announced that the interruption “will have a massive impact on flight operations – in the middle of the main return journey at the end of the school holidays in Germany and other European countries”.

At least 130,000 passengers are affected. According to the airline, these would be “immediately informed today and, if possible, rebooked on alternative flights”.

According to EU Regulation 261/2014, if a flight is canceled for any reason, the airline must offer passengers a choice:

1) Rebooking as soon as possible, subject to availability, free of charge.

2) Redirect at a later date.

3) A full refund within seven days.

Strikes and staff shortages have already forced airlines to cancel thousands of flights this summer and caused long queues at major airports, frustrating holidaymakers following the Covid-19 lockdown.

Lufthansa has already faced strikes by security forces and ground staff over pay this year.

The airline is offering pilots a monthly base salary increase of €900 and has accused the pilots’ union of making demands that “would increase wage costs by over 40 percent”.

The airline’s labor director, Michael Niggemann, said: “We cannot understand VC’s call for a strike. The management made a very good and socially balanced offer – despite the ongoing burdens from the Covid crisis and the uncertain outlook for the global economy.

“This escalation is at the expense of many thousands of customers.”

According to Lufthansa, the union is demanding “more money, for example for sick days, holidays or further training”.

Matthias Baier, spokesman for VC, said: “Aware of our responsibility for companies and guests, we wanted to leave no stone unturned and offered another negotiation date despite an inadequate offer and failed negotiations.

“The negotiations have failed.

“That’s why we only have to enforce our demands with a labor dispute.”

Passengers whose domestic flights have been canceled can exchange their flight ticket for a Deutsche Bahn train ticket free of charge.

Eurowings and other sister airlines of Lufthansa – Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Swiss – are not affected.

– Additional reporting lines from Reuters Lufthansa pilots’ strike causes 800 flight cancellations – eight from Dublin airport

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