Flight attendants of Lufthansa has started a 48-hour strike after the airlines announced to reduce around 700 of the 1100 scheduled flights worldwide on Thursday, so that many aircraft will remain on the ground at the hubs in Munich and Frankfurt, and many of the lucrative overseas flights will also have to be canceled.
Together with 600 planned cancellations on Friday, according to the airline, about 180,000 passengers are affected. Also feeder flights from the smaller German airports are canceled. The customers were offered transfers to other companies and days as well as domestic rail traffic.
UFO protest at Munich airport
The union UFO wants to demonstrate on Thursday at the airport Munich for the concerns of the approximately 21,000 flight attendant at the Lufthansa core brand. On Friday then a rally in front of the Frankfurt headquarters at the airport is planned.
Lufthansa had failed on Wednesday in two courts with the attempt to stop the strike by legal means. Both the Labor Court Frankfurt and the Hessian State Labor Court rejected an injunction against the strike.
The union UFO has announced an extension of the industrial action up to four further airlines with German collective bargaining law. This could particularly affect Eurowings flights. Details UFO wants to call this Thursday.
Lufthansa union ready to extend the strike to enforce the demands
A meeting at the invitation of Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr with other unions active in the group was proposed by UFO leader Sylvia de la Cruz. The company wanted to interfere in the question of who should take part in the conversation from the side of the UFO.
Vice-Chairman Daniel Flohr called on Lufthansa to end the stalled conflict. “We need concrete negotiations that are conducted at eye level and can be brought to a conclusion quickly”, he told local media.
The demands were to be implemented quickly and touched topics that had not been addressed in part for decades. If it does not come to an approximation, one has received from the members in ballot a clear mandate. “We are ready for extended strikes to enforce our demands,” said Flohr.