Verdi strike at German airports: Lufthansa cancels all flights from Frankfurt and Munich

  • More than 1,300 flights canceled at the airports on strike
  • Board member Michael Niggemann regrets impact on customer

The Verdi trade union has called on public sector employees at Frankfurt/Main, Munich, Stuttgart, Hamburg, Dortmund, Hanover and Bremen airports to stage a full-day strike on Friday, 17 February 2023.

As a result of the strike announcement, the airports in Frankfurt and Munich, among others, are suspending regular passenger operations for Friday. As a result, the Lufthansa Group is regrettably forced to suspend its flight operations at its German hubs in Frankfurt and Munich in particular for that day, canceling a total of more than 1,300 flights.

Lufthansa has already informed passengers affected by the cancellations and, where possible, is offering alternative connections and rebooking on rail. In addition, customers are asked to check the status of their flight at an early stage on lufthansa.com and in the Lufthansa app.

"We regret the enormous impact of this warning strike which is being carried out at the expense of our passengers. We are not a party to the collective bargaining and have no influence on it – nevertheless, our guests and we are massively affected. More than 1,300 flight cancellations for Lufthansa Group airlines alone show once again how vulnerable and fragile the air transport system is to strike activity," said Michael Niggemann, Member of the Executive Board and Chief Officer Human Resources & Infrastructure Lufthansa Group.

Lufthansa expects regular flight operations to be largely back to normal as early as Saturday, 18 February 2023.