Strike in Germany disrupts flights

29 March 2012 09:52

Hundreds of Lufthansa flights were cancelled following a strike by ground staff

Hundreds of Lufthansa flights were cancelled following a strike by ground staff

Passengers planning to travel from German airports have been reminded of the importance of travel insurance after a strike by ground staff led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights.

Lufthansa cancelled more than 400 flights, most of them at Frankfurt Airport. But travellers in Munich, Cologne-Bonn, Hannover, Stuttgart and Dusseldorf were also affected.

The strikes came ahead of pay negotiations between public sector employees and employers later this week, with service workers' union Verdi demanding a pay rise of 6.5%.

Employers had offered a pay rise of 3.3% over two years but the union rejected the deal. A new round of talks is due to begin on Wednesday.

Frank Bsirske, head of Verdi, said the strikes should be seen as a warning.

He said: "It can't continue like this, that we are always struggling with the prices for rent, for petrol and for food and have less money in our pockets than the previous year."

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Martin Rothwell, Senior Partner World First Travel Insurance, says: