Yesterday I wrote about how Lufthansa’s pilots were going on their bajillionth strike, causing nearly 1,000 flights and 100,000 passengers to be impacted. The strike is active today, lasting from 12:01AM to 11:59PM, with a majority of Lufthansa flights impacted by the strike.
I suppose Lufthansa’s pilot union was shocked to find out that the strike didn’t work (who would have guessed, since they’ve had over a dozen strikes in the past couple of years that accomplished nothing?), so they’ve extended the strike by yet another day, throughout all of November 24. Per Lufthansa’s travel information website:
Strike of the Pilots union “Vereinigung Cockpit” (VC) for Lufthansa flights from Germany on all continental and intercontinental routes between 23 November 2016 00:01 and 24 November 23:29 German local time.
The pilots union Cockpit (VC) has called for a strike for Lufthansa flights from Germany on all continental and intercontinental routes between 23 November 2016 00:01 and 24 November 2016 23:59 German local time.
The strike announcement concerns Lufthansa operated flights only. Flights operated by Germanwings, Eurowings, Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Brussels Airlines are not affected by the strike measures and will continue to operate normally.
Lufthansa sincerely apologizes to its passengers for the inconvenience caused by the strike of the pilots union “Vereinigung Cockpit” and will do everything possible to keep the impact as low as possible. A special flight plan for 24 November 2016 will be announced at 12:30 German local time.
You’ll want to check Lufthansa’s flight status page to see if your flight is affected, as this impacts both shorthaul and longhaul flights.
While I respect the right of negotiating and collective bargaining, at some point this really is infuriating. There’s a term for doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results — it’s insanity. That being said, I think some fault lies with both sides here, because clearly they’re not having an especially open dialogue, or else I can’t imagine this would keep happening.
Anyone flying Lufthansa today or tomorrow, and impacted by this strike?