Labor Turbulence

Lufthansa Faces Costly Strike

Standing around at Frankfurt airport November 6 Boris Roessler DPA
Thousands of passengers can expect to see their flights canceled at the Frankfurt and and Düsseldorf airports.
  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    Lufthansa faces what could become its most costly cabin-crew walkout.

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    • The cabin crew union UFO announced a one-week strike, beginning at 2 p.m. local time with nine-hour walkouts scheduled at the airline’s key hubs in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf.
    • The walkout will affect only the premium Lufthansa brand and not the airline’s lower-cost brands, including Germanwings, Eurowings, Austrian Airlines and Swiss.
    • The flight attendants’ dispute mirrors the one Lufthansa has with its pilot union, which has staged more than a dozen strikes over the past 18 months.
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One of Lufthansa’s longest running labor feuds, which began with a three-day walkout of its union cabin crew in 2012, could stretch this time over seven days – at a cost of up to €20 million, or $21 million, a day.

The cabin crew union UFO announced a one-week strike, beginning at 2 p.m. local time with nine-hour walkouts at the airline’s key hubs in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf.

“We failed to reach an agreement with Lufthansa on Thursday and will go on strike,” Nicoley Baublies, the head of the cabin crew union, told Handelsblatt Global Edition.

The strike, however, will exclude Sunday to minimize the impact “on private travelers,” he added.

The stoppage is expected to cause widespread cancellations of its European services. Lufthansa has already reserved more than 2,500 hotel rooms for stranded passengers.

The walkout will affect only the premium Lufthansa brand and not the airline’s lower-cost brands, including Germanwings, Eurowings, Austrian Airlines and Swiss.

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