Lufthansa pay strike causes chaos

23 April 2013 12:35

More than 100 Lufthansa flights have been cancelled at airports in the UK and Ireland, which could cause major disruptions

More than 100 Lufthansa flights have been cancelled at airports in the UK and Ireland, which could cause major disruptions

German airline Lufthansa has cancelled most of its flights scheduled for Monday due to strikes over pay, potentially affecting hundreds of travellers trying to get in and out of eight airports in the UK and Ireland.

More than 100 flights have already been cancelled at airports in Aberdeen, Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Newcastle, with industrial action being staged at airports in Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg and Munich in Germany. Lufthansa said 20 of its 1,650 scheduled short-haul flights will be operating on Monday, while only nine long-haul flights will go ahead as planned from the main German hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.

Unions instructed ground workers to walk out for the second time in two months after failing to resolve an ongoing pay dispute. Lufthansa rejected demands for a 5.2% wage increase last week, with escalating fuel prices and competition from low-cost carriers forcing up operating costs. Despite Lufthansa looking to cut costs, passengers affected by the strike will not need to claim the flights on their travel insurance after Lufthansa said they can re-book for free.

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