Published: Thu, November 07, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Lufthansa cancels 1,300 flights as it braces for 48-hour strike

Lufthansa cancels 1,300 flights as it braces for 48-hour strike

Hundreds of thousands of passengers scheduled to fly across Europe on Thursday and Friday are being forced to find new flights after German airline Lufthansa announced 1,300 cancellations because of a cabin crew strike.

For cancelled flights, the airline should provide passengers with a document setting out these rights either by email or a leaflet handed to them in person, however, in reality, very few airlines actually do this, said law firm Bott and Co.

The flight attendants are striking over pay and conditions.

Their renewed action comes as Germany gears up to celebrate the 30 anniversary of the Berlin Wall on Saturday.

Lufthansa is promising to release a "special flight schedule" to reduce the impact on passengers and is offering free rebooking even for passengers whose flights have not been cancelled. Those who had provided contact details would also receive SMS or emails.

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The union said the stoppage would affect all Lufthansa departures in Germany during that time.

The three unions representing cabin crew members (UFO, Verdi and CU) have also rejected a meeting with Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr, that the airline had proposed for Wednesday evening.

The route was scheduled to be operated by an Airbus A340-300 aircraft that can seat up to 279 passengers.

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The airline said that passengers could rebook on other flights on on trains, in the case of domestic flights. Therefore, it is not necessary that passengers present themselves at the airport. A total of 180,000 passengers, booked on 1,300 now-cancelled flights have to be rearranged on alternative flights.

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