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Lufthansa crew strike ends; additional industrial action possible

A two-day strike by Lufthansa cabin crew that resulted in 1,300 cancelled flights and as many as 180,000 stranded passengers ended midnight Friday.

Approximately 180,000 passengers were affected by the industrial action.
(Photo: independent.co.uk)

The German airline’s cabin crew walked off the job as wage talks with trade union, Independent Flight Attendants Organisation (UFO), stalled.

UFO is also contesting its legal status which has not been recognised by the airline.

Seven hundred flights were cancelled on Thursday and a further 600 on Friday as UFO, which represents approximately 21,000 crew members, called a strike.

Passengers at Munich Airport faced lots of cancelled flights on Friday.
(Photo: DPA)

Even as wage talks continue this weekend, UFO said there may be more industrial action, possibly as soon as Monday, if an agreement is not reached.

Lufthansa’s website experienced numerous glitches during the period as passengers rushed to rebook flights. At the time, it condemned the strike action and offered refunds for passengers or issued rail tickets in exchange.

Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline operates out of its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich in Germany; Zurich, Switzerland and Vienna, Austria and has approximately 135,000 employees.

Flights by Lufthansa’s other airlines Eurowings, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and others were not affected.

The company had made a bid to have the strike call turned down in labour court however the application was rejected.