Lufthansa passengers were also unable to board their flights at the capital’s BER airport due to the ground staff warning strike on Wednesday. The airline has canceled all of its approximately 20 flights in Schönefeld, as the airport announces on its website. From there, Lufthansa only flies to the German domestic hubs of Frankfurt and Munich.
According to its own statements, the Lufthansa subsidiary Eurowings remained unaffected at BER by the effects of the warning strike on Wednesday. Flight operations are running normally.
Verdi has called on the airline’s around 20,000 ground workers nationwide for widespread work stoppages on Wednesday in order to put pressure on the ongoing salary negotiations. The union had rejected an initial offer from Lufthansa, but agreed to continue negotiations for August 3rd and 4th.
The airline had already canceled a large part of the offer in Schönefeld on Tuesday: 16 Lufthansa and two Eurowings flights. Only four flights to Munich were scheduled to start on Wednesday, and they too have now been cancelled.
On Tuesday, Lufthansa stated on request that it wanted to inform the affected passengers about the failures by SMS or email. She offers her customers alternatives and helps with rebooking. In addition, she recommended that passengers not come to the airports without rebooking because “only few or no” service counters would be open there.
The hubs of Lufthansa: Frankfurt and Munich are particularly affected by the warning strike. Almost all Lufthansa flights are also canceled in Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Bremen, Hanover, Stuttgart and Cologne. In total, more than 1000 flights with 134,000 affected passengers are said to be cancelled.
According to Verdi Berlin-Brandenburg, Lufthansa has around 300 employees on the ground at BER who would probably take part in the strike. A rally is not planned in Berlin, unlike in Frankfurt and Düsseldorf.