Lufthansa faces crew strike

FRANKFURT, 7 November 2019: Lufthansa could face flight cancellations or even a shut down of all flights, today and Friday if cabin crews go ahead with their planned 48-hour strike over pay and benefits.

The strike will affect all Lufthansa flights departing from German airports.

This week thousands of travel executives are attending the World Travel Market in London, and some could face cancellations of long-haul flights to Asia from German airports such as Munich and Frankfurt.

Lufthansa says passengers due to travel on Thursday and Friday can rebook their travel without incurring booking fees, which signals the airline is not optimistic it can avert strike action through further meetings it is currently holding with the union.

According to media reports in Europe, Lufthansa cabin crews represented by the UFO union plan will strike for 48 hours beginning 7 November. If the strike goes ahead as planned disruption of flights could continue into the weekend.