Lufthansa’s pilots have been on strike for the past two days (and really for the past several years of their careers, it feels like). Initially the strike was just supposed to be on Wednesday, but then they extended it through Thursday. This strike impacted nearly 2,000 flights, including both shorthaul and longhaul routes.
I guess the pilots were shocked to find out that this strike didn’t accomplish anything (just like the past dozen strikes they’ve had), so they’re extending the strike by yet another day. Lufthansa has now announced that the strike will continue on November 25, 2016, and it will impact all continental routes from Germany. So the good news is that longhaul flights aren’t impacted, though the bad news is that a majority of shorthaul flights seem to be impacted.
The pilots union Cockpit (VC) has called for a strike for Lufthansa flights from Germany on all continental and intercontinental routes between on 24 November 2016 until 23:59 German local time. Further, on 25 November all continental routes from Germany will be affected.
As I said when the first day of the strike was announced, I expected we’d see more strikes shortly, though I wasn’t expecting three days of strikes in a row. I guess we’ll see if this now gets extended even further. Hopefully everyone who was scheduled to fly Lufthansa has already changed their plans…