Lufthansa to cancel 600 flights tomorrow due to strike

Written by AFP | Frankfurt | Updated: Mar 27 2014, 06:43am hrs
Lufthansa, Germany's biggest airline, said it will cancel around 600 European and domestic flights tomorrow due to a strike by ground staff, baggage handlers and maintenance workers.

The giant services sector union Verdi has called for the walkout at Germany's major airports over a pay dispute.

"The airlines of the Lufthansa group expect substantial disruptions to air traffic tomorrow, due to the strikes called

by Verdi," it said in a statement today.

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It quoted media estimates that around 6,000 employees in Frankfurt alone would take part in the strike.

"But there will also be disruptions in Munich, Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Hanover," the statement added.

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"In view of the strikes, Lufthansa is cancelling almost all domestic and European connections in Frankfurt and Munich

until 2:00 pm (1300 GMT)."

Also affected would be long-haul connections to and from both Frankfurt and Munich, Lufthansa warned.

Flights operated by the Germanwings subsidiary and the regional carriers to and from Munich would not be affected.