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The Local de reports that 933 flights have been cancelled Thursday due to the Lufthansa strike, which is set to last through Friday on all flights to and from Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf. In all Lufthansa has had to cancel 3,700 flights since the strike began, affecting 443,000 passengers.
After Lufthansa lost a court bid to end the strike on Tuesday, the airline has filed a second appeal against that decision, The Local de said. The court is set to hear this latest appeal 3:30 p.m. Thursday local time.
According to an analysis in Bloomberg Business, management at Lufthansa has shown no sign of backing down in its dispute with flight attendant union UFO. A series of strikes over the past 10 months have cost Lufthansa over 230 million euros as Deutsche Lufthansa AG CEO Carsten Spohr, who took over the company 18 months ago, attempts to put the airline group through a restructuring he argues is necessary to take on competitors like EasyJet and British Airways.
“In the past, when the unions threatened to strike, we backed off,” Spohr told Bloomberg Business. “That’s like taking an aspirin; the pain goes away in the short term, but it does not do any healing. We delayed the labor issues for too long.”
Lufthansa management is open to mediation if the union calls off the strike, Deutsche Welle reports.
"With this strike, they're only making it harder for us all," Deutsche Welle reports personnel head Bettina Volkens saying in an interview with Bild. "The only ones that are happy about the situation are our rivals."
Lufthansa Travel Update
According to a statement on the airline's website, Lufthansa passengers who have added a mobile phone number to their customer profile or My Bookings page on Lufthansa's website will automatically be informed by SMS about any flight cancellations. Flights from Lufthansa Group airlines Lufthansa CityLine, Germanwings, Eurowings, Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Brussels Airlines are not affected by the strike and will operate as planned.
Lufthansa is requesting that passengers who have booked through a tour operator or travel agency contact that tour operator or agency directly. Additionally, the airline has said that passengers on affected flights can rebook free of charge. Passengers whose flights have not been cancelled and are in possession of Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines or Brussels Airlines tickets for flights between November 6, 2015, and November 13, 2015, from or via Frankfurt, München or Düsseldorf, can rebook once free of charge online.
The following conditions must be observed:
- Rebooking within the same booking class
- Tickets must be issued on/before November 6, 2015
- New date of travel must be on/before February 28, 2016
- Change of origin/destination and class of service/compartment are not permitted
- For all other ticket conditions, original fare conditions apply