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Germany: Thousands Stranded by Ongoing Lufthansa Strikes

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | September 4th, 2012 | Trackback

Thousands of Lufthansa passengers were stranded as ongoing strikes forced the airline to cancel hundreds of flights since Aug. 31, including international services to Los Angeles, Houston and Chicago. Provoked by an impasse in wage negotiations, the cabin crews’ union walkout affected long-haul and domestic flights at three of Germany’s largest airports in Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin. Since strikes were expected to continue and two-thirds of the airline’s 18,000-member cabin crew belong to the union, more cancellations were expected—up to one-quarter of Lufthansa’s total flights. The airline used text messaging to communicate with frustrated passengers and supplied them with drinks and snacks while they waited.

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