Lufthansa has just announced its decision to cancel a number of flights due to the strike happening on Tuesday. As much as 27,300 passengers are expected to be affected by the cancellations.
This decision comes after the Independent Flight Attendant’s Organization (UFO) announced a strike action for all Lufthansa long-haul flights traveling from or to Frankfurt and Dusseldorf between 0430H and 2300H as well as long-haul flights making its way from or to Munich between 0500H and 2359H. According to Reuters, the UFO had rejected Lufthansa’s pay offer Monday that included a one-off payment increase from €1,000 to €3,000 as well as 1.7% pay increase in both 2016 and 2017. The UFO had also organized strikes against the said airline earlier this year with each one reportedly costing Lufthansa around $10.8 million per day.
In response to UFO’s latest strike schedule, Lufthansa has decided to cancel as much as 126 long-haul flights, along with 10 continental connections. However, Lufthansa also says that most of its German and European continental flights will be operating as scheduled. Moreover, flights serviced by the Lufthansa Group airlines such as Eurowings, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa Cityline, Air Dolomiti and SWISS will also not be affected by the strike and will therefore operate as expected.
Lufthansa says customers with affected flights can have their flights rebooked free of charge here. To assist passengers with the rebooking, Lufthansa actually provides an alternative flight when passengers visit its My Bookings page. Just the same, Lufthansa says the ticket issuing office can also make arrangements for a passengers alternative flight. At the same time, affected passengers who are traveling within Germany can also have their flight tickets converted into a train ticket with Deutsche Bahn. The said train arrangement can be made here.
Meanwhile, tickets on cancelled flights can also be refunded free of charge. Flight tickets that have been completely unused can refunded in full while tickets that have already been partially used can be refunded in the value the ticket’s unused segments.
Affected passengers can check the status of their flights on LH.com.