Due to the strike called by the Verdi union at the airports in Frankfurt/Main, Munich, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Dortmund, Hanover and Bremen for Friday, February 17, 2023, Lufthansa has had to cancel all flights planned from its two German hubs. About 1.300 connections are affected.
Both Munich and Frankfurt am Main have already announced that due to the work stoppages called for by the Verdi union, regular passenger flight operations will not be possible on Friday. The same applies to the other five airports affected by the strike. While airlines such as Condor and Tuifly have moved at least some connections to other airports, the Lufthansa Group has decided that the group's planned flights to/from Frankfurt and Munich will remain completely suspended.
According to its own statements, Lufthansa has already informed the affected passengers and - as far as possible - offered them alternative connections, rebookings and train tickets. Irrespective of this, the largest airline in Germany asks to be informed regularly about the current status of the booking. It is currently assumed that regular flight operations can be resumed on Saturday, February 18, 2023. Experience has shown that there can be after-effects, especially on long-haul routes.
"We regret the enormous impact of this warning strike, which is being carried out at the expense of our passengers. We are not a party to the collective bargaining and have no influence on it - but our guests and we are massively affected. More than 1.300 flight cancellations for the airlines in the Lufthansa Group alone show how vulnerable and prone the air traffic system is to strike activities,” says Michael Niggemann, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Officer Human Resources & Infrastructure Lufthansa Group.