Passengers queue up in front of counters and under a display announcing cancelled flights in the Lufthansa terminal at the Franz-Josef-Strauss airport in Munich, southern Germany, during a strike of the ground staff employees of Lufthansa on July 27, 2022, - German national carrier Lufthansa said it would have to cancel almost all flights at its domestic hubs in Frankfurt and Munich on July 27, 2022 because of a planned strike by ground crew, adding to a summer of travel chaos across Europe. (Photo by Christof STACHE / AFP)

Two weeks after the successful warning strike by Lufthansa ground staff in the middle of the summer holidays, the Verdi union is again calling for a warning strike at Munich Airport. The destination is now the ground handling service provider Swissport Losch.

This Wednesday, the employees of the midday shift from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. should let their work rest.

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The airport warned that there could be flight cancellations and delays in operations. The service provider works for many holiday airlines, said an airport spokesman. Passengers should check with their airline or tour operator.

According to Swissport Losch, baggage handling, all apron services and passenger bus services of this company are affected by the warning strike. Contingency plans are in the works.

The union is demanding a significant wage increase for the nearly 600 Swissport employees in Munich in order to “currently secure real wages in view of an inflation rate of 8 percent,” as negotiator Manuela Dietz said on Tuesday. Then the company could also fill more vacancies.

Swissport said the company offered 8 percent and a one-time payment of 250 euros on Friday, increasing its offer to 10.1 percent on Tuesday. That comes close to the Verdi requirement of 11 percent. Verdi should cancel the warning strike.

Swissport Losch – like the airport’s own company Aeroground – provides passenger, luggage and freight handling as well as apron, bus and transport services for airlines. According to the airport, the company serves between 35 and 40 percent of flight movements in Munich.

If Aeroground were asked and had capacity, Aeroground would help out with colleagues, for example with bus drivers, said an airport spokesman.