Lufthansa Cancels 900 Flights

Lufthansa Cancels 900 FlightsLufthansa Cancels 900 Flights

Germany’s flagship carrier Lufthansa has said widespread strikes planned for Wednesday has forced it to cancel nearly 900 flights, leaving tens of thousands of passengers to make other travel arrangements.

Some 87,000 airline customers won’t be flying with Lufthansa on Wednesday when ground crew at six German airports are expected to walk off the job, the carrier said on Tuesday, DPA reported. The planned industrial action prompted a decision by Lufthansa to scrap 895 flights, the airline said in a statement. Under normal circumstances, Lufthansa would have flown around 1,500 flights to and from major German airports, including its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich.

The cancellations were made after the German trade union Verdi called upon airport workers in Dusseldorf, Cologne, Dortmund and Hannover, as well as in Frankfurt and Munich, to strike. The union is demanding a 6% wage increase for some 2 million public service employees it represents. It is also calling for a pay increase of €100 ($112.81) per month for trainees.