Hundreds of flights cancelled over German airport strike

Oluwanifemi Ojo
Oluwanifemi Ojo
Germany Airport Strike

German airport’s strikes over pay and work conditions have resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights on Friday.

In addition to the most recent industrial action disrupting travel plans for some time now, strikes have taken place at four German airports.

Reuters reported that German union Verdi called on security and ground handling personnel at airports in Duesseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart and Baden-Baden to strike over salary and working conditions.

Before the strike, Duesseldorf Airport said it had initially scheduled 368 take-offs and landings for Friday. Earlier in the week it was working on a “significantly reduced flight schedule”.

Meanwhile, Cologne/Bonn Airport cancelled 144 flights as a result of the industrial action.

Stuttgart Airport in a statement instructed passengers not to travel to the airport as there would be no landing and taking off today.

The airport said, “No take-offs and landings are possible all day due to the Verdi strike.”

It was reported earlier this week that Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg airports announced the cancellation of commercial flights due to a strike by trade union Verdi over pay.

Workers in different parts of Europe including France, Britain, and Spain, have taken steps to protest and strike over pay as increasing food and energy costs lower earnings and living standards in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak and the war in Ukraine.

Strikes have affected these major Europe countries and disrupted their day-to-day economic and social activities.

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