European travel woes: This airline will cancel nearly hundreds of flights. Details here

German airline Lufthansa has canceled more than 1,000 flights due to a union-organized strike on July 27, the company said on Tuesday.

Almost all incoming and outgoing Lufthansa flights at its Frankfurt and Munich hubs have been canceled, the company said in a statement. Since dozens of flights were already canceled on Tuesday, Lufthansa has had to cancel a total of 1,023 flights at Frankfurt and Munich airports. The move affects approximately 1,34,000 passengers.

The warning strike announced by the ver.di union is having a massive operational impact in the middle of the high travel season. Lufthansa will have to cancel almost the entire flight schedule at its Frankfurt and Munich hubs for Wednesday. In view of the coming weekend, the start of the holiday season in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, Lufthansa is working hard to return flight operations to normal as quickly as possible. Nevertheless, the effects of the strike may still result in individual flight cancellations or delays on Thursday and Friday.

In Frankfurt, a total of 678 flights will have to be canceled, including 32 already today (Tuesday) and 646 on Wednesday. This is expected to affect 92,000 passengers.

At the Munich hub, a total of 345 flights will have to be canceled, including 15 already today (Tuesday) and 330 on Wednesday. It is expected that 42,000 passengers will be affected.

The airline said in a statement that passengers could not travel to Munich today as planned from the following cities: Bangkok, Singapore, Boston, Denver, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco or Seoul (among many others).

Many passengers were also unable to board their flights to Frankfurt as planned. Connections from the following cities, among others, had to be canceled: Buenos Aires, Johannesburg, Miami or New Delhi.

“Passengers affected by the cancellations will be notified immediately today and reassigned to alternative flights if possible. However, the capacity available for this is very limited,” the airline said in a statement.

Michael Niggemann, Head of Human Resources and Labor Director of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, says: “The early escalation of a previously constructive collective bargaining round is causing enormous damage. This particularly affects our passengers, who are affected during the peak travel season. And this is putting a strain on our employees in an already difficult phase for air traffic. Given our high offer with very substantial salary increases over the next 12 months of more than 10% more in the compensation groups until ‘at 3,000 euros monthly basic salary and a 6% increase for a monthly basic salary of 6,500 euros, this so-called warning strike in the middle of the peak summer travel season is simply no longer proportionate .”

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