Twelve flights at Dublin Airport have been canceled as Lufthansa caused travel chaos in Europe this weekend

German airline Lufthansa has canceled more than 800 flights, including 12 to and from Dublin Airport over the next three days, due to a pilots’ strike.

The cancellations are expected to affect over 130,000 passengers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, while everyone flying with Lufthansa in the coming days is being urged to check their flight details.

The affected flights to and from Dublin will be connected to Frankfurt and Munich airports as the strike begins at 00:01 on Friday morning.

It is estimated that almost 2,000 passengers flying in and out of Dublin Airport will have their flights canceled in the coming days.

The union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) announced late Wednesday that wage negotiations had failed and that Lufthansa pilots would stage a 24-hour strike shortly after midnight on Thursday, affecting both passenger and freight traffic.

VC is demanding a 5.5 percent pay rise this year for its more than 5,000 pilots, followed by automatic inflation compensation.

“We hope to return to the negotiations as soon as possible,” said a Lufthansa spokesman on Thursday. “However, we cannot bear the cost increases associated with VC’s claims either,” he added.

Strikes and staff shortages have already forced airlines like Lufthansa to cancel thousands of flights this summer and caused hours-long queues at major airports, frustrating holidaymakers looking to travel after Covid-19 lockdowns.

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

The airline said it was doing everything it could to minimize the impact of Friday’s pilots’ strike but couldn’t rule out cancellations or delays in some cases over the weekend.

Lufthansa Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Niggemann said the strike was incomprehensible and defended the airline’s “very good and socially balanced” offer.

With additional coverage from Reuters. Twelve flights at Dublin Airport have been canceled as Lufthansa caused travel chaos in Europe this weekend

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