Lufthansa Strike Hits Munich, Disrupts 50,000 Passengers

Written by Camilla Jessen

Mar.13 - 2024 8:43 AM CET

Photo: Shutterstock.com
Lufthansa's cabin crew at Munich Airport went on strike.

Trending Now

In the third strike this week, Lufthansa's cabin crew at Munich Airport has halted work. Around 400 flights - and 50,000 passengers - are affected. Despite the disruption, a few flights are still managing to take off.

The strike comes on the heels of the recent train drivers' strike, which concluded in the early hours, just as train services began to normalize. Starting from 4 a.m., Munich Airport's operations have seen significant restrictions due to the strike called by the cabin union UFO.

The strike is set to continue until 11 p.m., aiming to ground Lufthansa Airlines and CityLine flights.

400 Canceled Flights

After the strike on Tuesday in Frankfurt, Lufthansa Group had already cancelled 400 connections, leaving an estimated 50,000 passengers needing to find alternative travel plans. The strike severely affects Lufthansa's operations at Munich Airport, with only a limited number of flights operating internationally and twelve connections to Frankfurt remaining operational, thanks to non-striking staff and management employees.

UFO Demands a 15% Pay Increase

The UFO union is essentially demanding a 15% pay increase, expressing dissatisfaction with the company's current proposals. To emphasize their demands, strikers plan to march through the Airport Center and hold a rally outside the Lufthansa Flight Operation Center.

Today's strike does not affect other airlines at Munich Airport, with their 400 scheduled takeoffs and landings expected to proceed as planned.

This week has already witnessed two other strikes, with train drivers and university hospital doctors walking out. Another strike is on the horizon, with the Verdi union calling for aviation security personnel to strike tomorrow, potentially impacting airports in Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Stuttgart, and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden.

Most Read