Lufthansa Cancels 1,300 Flights Ahead Of Strike

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Lufthansa flight attendants are going on strike on Thursday and Friday, and the airline has now announced how they’ll be handling that.

Lufthansa Canceling 1,300 Flights

Lufthansa has announced that they’ll cancel a total of 1,300 flights of the roughly 6,000 Lufthansa Group flights scheduled to be operated on November 7 & 8. This will impact roughly 180,000 passengers. Here’s how the cancelations are split by day:

  • On Thursday, Lufthansa Group will operate 2,300 of 3,000 planned flights
  • On Friday, Lufthansa Group will operate 2,400 of 3,000 planned flights

Lufthansa says that they will publish their new flight plan in the coming hours, and customers will be able to check the status of their flights online through Lufthansa’s website. At the moment I’m getting an error message when checking the flight status page on Lufthansa’s website, so it could be that they’re doing some updates right now.

Note that Eurowings, Germanwings, SunExpress, Lufthansa Cityline, SWISS, Edelweiss, Austrian, Air Dolomiti, and Brussels Airlines flights will not be impacted by the strike. So this will only impact “mainline” Lufthansa flights.

It sure seems like they’re trying to make it sound like the cancelations aren’t as bad as they are. The airline mentions the 3,000 Lufthansa Group flights per day, which suggests that fewer than a quarter of flights are canceled. However, Lufthansa itself operates only a portion of those flights, and those are the only ones impacted.

So it’s way more than a quarter of Lufthansa flights that are impacted.

Lufthansa Strike Rebooking Policy

Lufthansa notes that even if your flight isn’t canceled, all Lufthansa passengers traveling through Frankfurt or Munich on Thursday or Friday can rebook once free of charge, for travel through November 15, 2019, assuming the same booking class is available.

Furthermore, passengers can use the Deutsche Bahn in exchange for flights on domestic routes, regardless of whether or not their flight has been canceled. Customers can convert their ticket into a Deutsche Bahn ticket under the “My Bookings” section of lufthansa.com.

Why Lufthansa Is Only Responding To Strike Now

This strike was announced a couple of days ago, though Lufthansa is only now responding. As I’ve explained before, what makes this strike different than usual ones is that it’s being called by a union that Lufthansa doesn’t formally want to recognize.

UFO is the union representing Lufthansa flight attendants, though Lufthansa has argued that they don’t have bargaining power. That’s because the union has had some internal issues. Unfortunately for management, a court has ruled that the union can represent flight attendants, and as a result, Lufthansa is being forced to respond.

Lufthansa’s agreement with flight attendants lapsed in June, and the two parties haven’t negotiated since. The union wants a 1.8% pay raise, though more than anything this seems about once again establishing UFO as the official union of flight attendants.

Bottom Line

This is a massive strike for Lufthansa, as we’ll see 1,300 flights canceled over the next two days. It seems like Lufthansa is finally being forced to recognize UFO as the flight attendant union, and it will be interesting to see how negotiations go from here.

Will you be impacted by Lufthansa’s flight attendant strike?

Comments
  1. The Rebooking policy announcement is BS spin. They canceled our flights and now the My Bookings page is down and they literally won’t answer the customer service line. I understand strikes happen, but just hiding from your customers and refusing to deal with the consequences seems unacceptable.

  2. YES IT WILL EFFECT BECAUSE LUFTHANSA RAISED THEIR FARES WITH LESS HOT MEAL SERVICE IN LONG HAUL TRIP THEN CHARGING MONEY TO SELECT THERE SEAT ALSO CHARGING EXTRA FOR CHECK IN LUGGAGE TOO.LIKE THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO ALLOW 50LBS EACH AND ONE CARRY ON TOO BUT NOW THEY ALLOW ONE CHECK IN WITH COLD MEAL AND I DON’T THINK THAT I WOULD EVER FLY WITH LUFTHANSA

  3. Any idea if TLV flights are impacted? I fly out on Saturday morning….but if the plane doesn’t get in prior to Saturday morning, could be impactful here.
    LH’s website and comms of this have both been pretty atrocious.

  4. Lufthansa is already lying and saying they don’t have to comply with EU261:

    “If your flight has been cancelled, you can return your ticket and have your money refunded. However, since a strike is force majeure according to the case law of the Federal Court of Justice, compensation will not be paid under the EU Passenger Rights Regulation.”

    Sorry, Lufthansa, but this isn’t an air traffic controller or luggage handler strike — this is *YOUR* employees striking, because of *YOUR* bad management.

    Pay up, Lufthansa: €250 for short-haul flights and €600 for long-haul flights.

  5. Flight Aware seems to be updated with all the cancellations…

    Frankfurt is heavily affected, but not Munich

    How did LH become a 5 Star Airline?

  6. I’m surprised that Premium Economy meal service is being cut as well. Could have been a good opportunity to differentiate this product.

  7. Bear in mind compensation is dependent on your delay on arrival So if you’re rebooked at a similar time there is none It seems some people just see airlines as a bank Are they more interested in getting up their destination or just the cash? Sadly this is the world we live in

  8. @ Pravin sethi. Good luck as most airlines are the same. Even Emirates. BA charges for some business class customers to select seats If you pay $500 for a long haul flight airlines really don’t make money so they apply additional fees for baggage , seat choice They only make money from loyal customers not people who travel once or twice a year

  9. Good luck with compensation. Im sick to the back teeth of the LH group , first a 24 hour delay on Eurowings due to the UFO strike 2 weeks ago (they refuse to pay EU261 as they claim it was an illegal strike) now another weekend impacted due to this mess.

  10. Slightly confused by your numbers. This is apparently only LH mainline which according to Wikipedia has 299 planes. (Of course Wikipedia’s never 100% accurate, but good for a rough idea).
    Operating 3000 flights/day with 299 planes might be tough….? Assume that’s LHG?
    I would imagine LH Main operates around 1000 flights a day, which means 600-700 cancellations is quite significant.

  11. In a free society, the decisions made by the union, if they existed, and the employers would be markedly different.

  12. Another example of extraordinarily poor judgement of the LH management. It was very obvious that German courts are confirming the status of UFO, anything would have been an enormous surprise …

  13. The Red Baron Is Rolling In His Grave, Wait, Blame Snoopy For This Big Lufthansa FUBA.
    Think I’m Kidding, Wait And See How They Will Backtrack By Lying That They Didn’t See The 600lb Gorilla Seating At The Boarding Gate Area Holding A “ON STRIKE” Picket Sign For How Many Years. Can’t Wait To Hear How The Spin Doctors For Lufthansa Will Explain This Debacle. Let The False Narratives Begin!!!

  14. Every year I travel from India to US by Lufthansa as the flight takes travel time only 17 hrs and we get sufficient time to rest in the Airport where we have to switch over for the second leg of flight. APART FROM THIS THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO OTHER ATTRACTION TO CHOOSE LUFTHANSA BY WAY OF FARE, COMFORTS, FOOD OR ANY OTHER ATTRACTION. THIS TIME BECAUSE OF THE STRIKE , I HAD TO POSTPONE MY TRAVEL AND THE WORST PART OF THIS IS THAT NOT A SINGLE MESSAGE HAS BEEN RECEIVED BY ME REGARDING THE POSSIBLE CANCELLATION AND DISRUPTION OF FLIGHT SCHDULES. IT IS A FIT CASE TO FILE SUIT FOR DAMAGES AS BEING SENIOR CITIZENS AND CHANGE IN THE SCHEDULE OF OUR DEPARTURE FROM US AND ARRIVAL IN INDIA, WE ARE PUT INTO LOT OF PHYSICAL, PSHCOLOGICAL AND FINANCIAL DIFFICULTIES WHICH COULD HAVE BEEN MINIMISED TO A GREAT EXTENT BY AN SMS OR EMAIL MESSAGE. EVEN AT THIS POINTG OF TIME I HAVE NO MESSAGE FROM THE AIRLINES AS TO WHAT IS GOING ON. I HAVE TO DEPEND ON PAPER AND OTHER REPORTS.

  15. Stuck in Rome now because of this but LH has come through with an appropriate rebooking for Friday and did let me know through their app. I’m not at all happy and really don’t want to use LH again because of their tendency to have these strikes come up at short notice – if you’re listening LH, you’re starting to feel as bad as Alitalia for unreliability.

  16. @dr tv Blah blah blah blah Be sensible. If you rant no one cares What legislation about being by a senior citizen?? If your flight wasn’t cancelled that’s probably why you didn’t receive a notification

  17. Stuck in Barcelona, Lufthansa won’t answer phones, website inoperable. Our flight to the US was through Frankfurt, booked through United, so we gave up on Lufthansa and got on United flights in two days. I will be filing with Lufthansa for 2 days of hotel and meals. And given my generally poor history with them, I will not be flying with them again.

  18. @Neil there are lots of companies specialized in claming EU261 for you, and you just pay a tiny fee to them. Well worth saving time and stress

  19. Question regarding EU261. I am an American who in lives in Dresden for 9 years with a permanent resident card. I fly from Dresden to Munich to NYC and back. What would be the compensation for each leg of the trip?

  20. They cancelled a CityLine flight today (LH2003 Düsseldorf to Munich). They aren’t showing that same flight cancelled for Friday. My husband is supposed to take that flight then fly United back to the U.S. I hope they aren’t just waiting, hoping to settle the dispute overnight, only to cancel it at the last minute.

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