It hasn’t been a pretty month for Lufthansa, to put it mildly. Lufthansa is at odds with their flight attendant union over a new contract, and that ended with Lufthansa flight attendants going on strike for nearly a week earlier in the month.
The effect of the strike varied, as some days only some aircraft type were grounded, while other days virtually every flight out of Frankfurt and Munich was canceled.
Nowadays I don’t really understand what strikes accomplish. At least in the case of Lufthansa, management almost never budges. Their pilots have been on strike an average of almost once a month over the past couple of years.
The flight attendants had an especially long strike, though it didn’t seem to accomplish anything, as no progress was made with the contract. So then what…?
Well, it seems the solution for Lufthansa’s flight attendant union is to strike again. Lufthansa’s flight attendant union has announced their intentions to go on strike November 26, 27, and 30th. Via Lufthansa’s travel information page:
Against the background of the announced strike by the Independent Flight Attendant’s Organization (UFO) on Lufthansa flights on Thursday 26th of November, Friday, 27th of November and Monday, 30 of November 2015, Lufthansa is trying to keep the effect of the strike on its customers as low as possible.
At the moment no concrete strike actions are announced, hence the effect of these strike actions on flight operations cannot be estimated at this point in time. As soon as these effects are known, Lufthansa will set up a goodwill policy for all booked passengers. Passengers booked on a flight which has to be canceled due to strike actions, always have the opportunity to rebook once or cancel their flight free of charge.
Flights from Lufthansa Group airlines Lufthansa CityLine, Germanwings, Eurowings, Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Brussels Airlines are not affected by the strike actions and will therefore operate as planned.
We don’t know which routes will be impacted yet, but if history is any indicator, this could cancel a large portion of Lufthansa’s mainline flights.
If you were planning a transatlantic Thanksgiving getaway on Lufthansa, you may be out of luck. We don’t know exactly which flights will be impacted, but I’d start looking at backups if you’re scheduled to travel over one of these dates.
We can hope that management and the union can come to an agreement, but if history is any indicator, it ain’t happening. Which makes you wonder what their next step would be after this strike… maybe it’s time for Lufthansa to finally hire Akbar Al Baker to negotiate on their behalf? 😉
Are you scheduled to fly on Lufthansa over the coming week?