Flights cancelled in fresh round of strikes at German airports

Berlin, March 17 (BNA): Strikes at four German airports canceled hundreds of flights on Friday, the latest wave of industrial action to disrupt travel plans in recent months.


Germany’s Verdi union has called on security and ground-handling staff at the airports of Dusseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Stuttgart and Baden-Baden to strike over wages and working conditions, reports Reuters.


Cologne/Bonn Airport said 144 flights had been canceled as a result, while Dusseldorf Airport said earlier in the week it was operating on a “significantly reduced flight schedule”. It had originally scheduled 368 takeoffs and landings for Friday.


“It is not possible to take off and land all day due to the Verdi strike,” Stuttgart Airport said in a statement, calling on passengers not to travel to the airport.


Earlier this week, the airports in Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg canceled all commercial flights due to the strike, the latest in a series of strikes as the post-pandemic travel rebound added to employment problems and workers demanded more paychecks due to soaring inflation.


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