Feb 20, 2024

Lufthansa Ground Staff Strike to Impact Prague Flights

A strike by Lufthansa ground staff has thrown major German airports into disarray, causing hundreds of flight cancellations and impacting travel to and from Prague.

The action, led by the Verdi union, aims to pressure the airline into increasing wages for its 25,000 ground staff.

Germany’s largest airport, Frankfurt, stands paralyzed by the strike. Around 250 Lufthansa flights are expected to be grounded, with similar disruptions occurring at major hubs in Munich, Hamburg, Berlin, Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, and Stuttgart.

“Passengers are urged to check their flight status directly on the Lufthansa website before heading to the airport,” warns Frankfurt Airport in a statement.

The strike also affects flights to and from Prague’s Václav Havel Airport. Four flights each from and to Frankfurt, along with one flight each from and to Munich, have been canceled today.

Verdi estimates the strike will impact up to 100,000 passengers. The action, which began this morning, is expected to conclude at 7:10 AM on Wednesday.

There is further information on delays and cancellations on Lufthansa’s website.

You can also keep eye on Lufthansa’s X account for further updates.

Beware: Lufthansa customer service has warned customers that there is a fake WhatsApp number being circulated. The airline does not have a WhatsApp account to communicate with customers.

Lufthansa strike: Can you get a refund?

Lufthansa have said: “Flights that have been canceled due to the strike can be rebooked free of charge at http://lufthansa.com, in the Lufthansa app or via the service centers.”

They also say: “Due to the strike, the rebooking desks are unfortunately not staffed.”

If your flight is domestic, you can get a voucher for an equivalent train journey via the Lufthansa website.

Under EU rules, you are entitled to a full refund if your flight is cancelled.

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