If you’re scheduled to fly through Germany tomorrow, you may be in for a rough travel day.
Tomorrow (Tuesday, January 15, 2019) German airport security personnel will be on strike. The strike is being called by Verdi, which represents about 23,000 security workers throughout Germany. This is over wages, and talks are expected to resume on January 23, 2019.
This strike will be happening in Frankfurt, Bremen, Dresden, Hamburg, Hannover, and Leipzig.
It’s expected that the biggest disruption will be in Frankfurt. At Frankfurt Airport only the transit security checkpoints will be open tomorrow, and not the security checkpoints from outside, meaning that anyone originating their travels in Frankfurt tomorrow won’t be able to get through security to catch their flight.
Per an announcement from the airport:
A strike by security staff at Frankfurt Airport has been announced for Tuesday, January 15. The strike activities are expected to cause major disruptions and flight cancellations throughout the day. In particular, the security checkpoints outside the transit area will remain closed during the strike, from the early morning hours until 8 p.m. Thus, originating passengers departing from Frankfurt will not be able to pass through the legally required security checks and get to their flights. We therefore strongly advise all originating passengers from Frankfurt to avoid coming to the airport. Please contact your airline or travel operator as soon as possible for information on your flight. We expect that transfer processes for connecting passengers in the transit area will still largely be possible. Nevertheless, also transfer passengers should expect disruptions and delays due to the strike. We kindly ask all affected passengers for their understanding.
So yeah, if you’re scheduled to travel through Germany tomorrow you’ll want to arrive at the airport extra early at a minimum. In some cases you’ll just need to rebook or reroute your trip altogether, given that at Frankfurt Airport the outside security checkpoint will be closed.
Anyone traveling through Germany tomorrow and impacted by this strike?