Lufthansa Cancels Nigeria Flights over Airport Strike

Planes stand on the tarmac during a pilots strike of German airline Lufthansa at Frankfurt airport, Germany, November 23, 2016. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

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Over 1,000 passengers who have booked Lufthansa flights from Nigeria and Germany Monday and Tuesday had their flights cancelled as a result airport workers’ strike in Germany.

Lufthansa operates an average of two flights every day from Nigeria and two from Germany, with an average of 250 passengers.

This implies that on Monday night and Tuesday morning when the airline cancelled its Nigeria flights, over 1,000 passengers would be affected.

Passengers emanating from various countries across the world where Lufthansa operates, including Nigeria would be affected by the strike action.

“Due to this strike tomorrow, Lufthansa will have to cancel 800 out of the 1,600 scheduled flights, including 58 long-haul flights,” the group said in a statement, adding that around 90,000 passengers would be affected.

Service would be back to normal on Wednesday after the strike, which will see groups like ground crew and airport firefighters walk off the job between 5am and 6pm local time (0300 to 1600 GMT), Lufthansa said.

Frankfurt airport – Germany’s largest – warned on its website of “significant delays and cancellations” affecting many airlines, asking travellers to check with their carrier whether their flight would go ahead.

Even passengers whose flights were not cancelled should plan to arrive at the airport earlier than usual as longer queues are expected, Lufthansa said.

“It’s totally unacceptable that the union is waging this conflict on the backs of uninvolved passengers,” Bettina Volkens, Lufthansa Human Resources Chief, said.

The airline has cleared up outstanding conflicts with its own employee groups like pilots and cabin crew.

But the airport staff walkout along with others between April 10 and 13 is designed to “increase pressure” on public sector employers ahead of wage talks, major union, Verdi said.