Lufthansa to cancel 600 flights Thursday due to strike

Lufthansa, Germany`s biggest airline, said it will cancel around 600 European and domestic flights on Thursday due to a strike by ground staff, baggage handlers and maintenance workers.

AFP| Updated: Mar 26, 2014, 18:55 PM IST

Berlin: Lufthansa, Germany`s biggest airline, said it will cancel around 600 European and domestic flights on Thursday due to a strike by ground staff, baggage handlers and maintenance workers.

The giant services sector union Verdi has called for the walkout at Germany`s major airports over a pay dispute.

"The airlines of the Lufthansa group expect substantial disruptions to air traffic tomorrow, due to the strikes called by Verdi," it said in a statement on Wednesday. 

It quoted media estimates that around 6,000 employees in Frankfurt alone would take part in the strike. 

"But there will also be disruptions in Munich, Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Stuttgart, Hamburg and Hanover," the statement added. 

"In view of the strikes, Lufthansa is cancelling almost all domestic and European connections in Frankfurt and Munich until 2:00 pm (1300 GMT)."

Also affected would be long-haul connections to and from both Frankfurt and Munich, Lufthansa warned. 

Flights operated by the Germanwings subsidiary and the regional carriers to and from Munich would not be affected.