Flights at eight German airports cancelled

Posted by Ishani Chetty on 15 January 2019

An ongoing strike by German airport security staff over pay has resulted in hundreds of flight cancellations at eight airports across Germany, including one of Europe’s most busy large airports, Frankfurt Airport.

Verdi, an German trade union, reported that the strike would last from 02.00am until 8.00pm GMT+1 (European time). Reports indicate that walkouts also occurred at the Munich, Dresden and Erfurt airports, as well as others.

Verdi/ Twitter/ Security staff striking


Reuters reports that smaller airports such as Hamburg, Hanover and Bremen also experienced strike action which started in the early hours of the morning, with security staff putting down their tools at midnight.

The strikes are related to four unsuccessful collective bargaining negotiations between BDLS and Verdi.

According to the Germany airport association ADV, an estimated 220 000 passengers could be affected by possible delays and cancellations due to the strike.

The lack of a security presence means that many airports will have to cancel flights as a precaution for passenger safety. Travellers in the European country are advised to check with their airlines to see if they are affected.

Operator for Frankfurt Airport Fraport expects that 1 200 connections will be negatively affected by the strike action.





Lufthansa has issued an official statement encouraging travellers to be aware of possible changes.

‘Due to a strike by the security staff at the airport, Lufthansa Group flights to and from Frankfurt will be considerably impaired next Tuesday, January 15. Please inform yourself about the status of your flight.’


A reported 500 Lufthansa flights, 28 of which are intercontinental, will be cancelled. 100 flights, mainly domestic, were cancelled in Germany’s second-largest airport, Munich.

Verdi says that the strike action is due to continue as long as there are failed collective bargaining negotiations between BDLS. The union currently represents 23 000 workers who are frustrated with their current salary, demanding an overall increase.


Picture: Twitter/ Frankfurt Airport

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