Strikes hit Germany’s airports

Domestic air-travellers in Germany face delays as a round of public-sector strikes hits the country.

The news comes as thousands of people travel to Berlin for the ITB exhibition.

Verdi services union, which is trying to win an eight per cent increase in pay for government workers, said the west of the country and airports would be the focus of today’s [Wednesday] stoppages.

Staff at Frankfurt airport operator Fraport stopped work early today and the majority of domestic flights would not run according to plan, a Verdi spokesman said.

Airline Deutsche Lufthansa on Tuesday said passengers should take the train and said it would cut 142 mainly domestic flights. Intercontinental flights would not be affected, it added.

A Fraport spokesman said on Wednesday around 80 flights had been cancelled and there were some delays. Workers were expected to return to work during the morning but services would probably not be back to normal until Thursday, he added.

A separate strike by transport workers in Berlin on Wednesday brought subway, tram and bus services to a halt and combined with snow flurries to cause travel misery for thousands of commuters.

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