Passengers stranded as Lufthansa cancels flights at three airports in wake of a second bout of strike action by angry air crew

by Tiffany Millar on September 4, 2012

Lufthansa has had to cancel close to 200 flights at three of the airports it operates at after cabin crew started their second round of strikes.

Memmbers of the UFO union started their industrial action at Berilin-Tegel at exactly 4:00 today. At 5:00, staff at Frankfurt walked-out for eight hours and an 11-hour strike will also take place in Munich from noon today.

The majority of the cancelled flights were short-haul services, with 10 flights cancelled between the UK capital London and Frankfurt, two between London and Munich, and a further two between Manchester and Frankfurt. A statement published on the German national carrier’s website said the airline sincerely regrets having to cancel flights as strike action continues to affect the travel plans of passengers.

It was added that passengers might continue to experience severe disruption even after the strikes have been wrapped up. However, flights with Lufthansa’s regional carriers, such as Eurowings or CityLine, and budget arm Germanwings, won’t be affected.

At present, roughly two-thirds of cabin crew staff employed by Lufthansa are represented by UFO. Their main disputes are related to both pay and working conditions. UFO wants a five per cent pay rise for its members and also needs guarantees that temporary workers and outsourcing won’t become a concern in the near future.

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