Lufthansa cabin crew, members of UFO, Germany’s largest cabin crew trade union, are set to strike from 6am to 11am on Sunday 20th of October. The strike was announced by UFO trade union chair, Daniel Flohr, and is set to affect Frankfurt and Munich airports.
Frankfurt airport is Germany’s busiest airport, and Europe’s fourth in terms of passenger numbers, with nearly 70 million passengers in 2018, and Munich is Germany’s second, with 46 million passengers last year.
The strike will affect cabin crew working for the at least five of the airlines owned by the Lufthansa Group, Lufthansa, Eurowings, Germanwings, Cityline and Sunexpress, and is part of a continued action for salary increases, demanding a 1.8% pay increase over six months.
In a video released on YouTube Flohr said, “we call on cabin crew not to show up to work,” adding that more strikes could follow. Lufthansa meanwhile declared the strike as “illegal” and has vowed to try continue flights as normal.
All of this comes in the wake of Lufthansa’s profit warning earlier this year. They are struggling to cut costs, in an area fraught with tough competition, rising fuel prices, and has seen many other airlines go bust recently.
Passengers travelling via Frankfurt and Munich airports on Sunday are advised to keep abreast of flight delays, and if possible to check in the least amount of luggage possible.
Don’t forget that any flight delays, or cancellations for flights to, from, or connecting via Frankfurt and Munich airports on Sunday may be eligible for flight compensation. If in doubt, use our free flight checker to see if you, your family, or your friends may be eligible.