Strike grounds 1,200 Lufthansa flights

Lufthansa has been forced to ground 1,200 flights today and over the weekend as cabin crew started a 24 hour nationwide strike across Germany.

Disruption will affect thousands of passengers as the airline scrapped two-thirds of scheduled flights from late last night into the weekend due to the third walk out in a week by members of the UFO union in a dispute over pay and conditions.

Germany’s six main airports are affected including Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich.

Lufthansa operates from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham, Heathrow, Gatwick and London City to the affected airports in Germany.

The carrier said some passengers had been rebooked onto other flights and it would attempt to resume services as soon as possible after the stoppage ends.

Around 43,000 passengers suffered disruption due to Tuesday’s walk out, which was limited to three airports and resulted in 350 cancelled flights.

About 1,500 of these faced overnight stays on temporary beds in airport lounges.

The union, which represents about two-thirds of Lufthansa’s 19,000 cabin crew, is seeking a 5% pay increase for cabin crew and assurances on jobs while the airline is proposing a 3.5% rise in salary.

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