Air travelers should be prepared for cancellations and delays as a result of warning strikes at several German airports on Tuesday. The Verdi union expands the strikes of aviation security personnel.
The two largest German airports, Frankfurt and Munich, are affected by warning strikes on Tuesday, but also Hamburg, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden.
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The warning strikes are part of the wage dispute between Verdi and the Federal Association of Aviation Safety Companies. The union is negotiating with the bosses a new collective agreement for 25,000 members of the security forces throughout the country, three rounds of negotiations have so far been unsuccessful. Both sides want to meet on March 16-17 in Berlin to continue negotiations.
According to industry information, tens of thousands of travelers were unable to fly on Monday because passenger, staff and cargo checkpoints were on strike. Berlin, Düsseldorf, Cologne/Bonn, Hannover, Hamburg, Leipzig/Halle and Bremen were affected. As a result, there were also failures at other airports.
Fraport only wants to handle transit traffic
Frankfurt airport operator Fraport has advised all passengers wishing to board at Germany’s largest airport not to come to the airport. Only travelers in transit need to be processed. In Hamburg, warning strikes are still in the midst of spring break. The airport company of the Hanseatic city, like other airport operators, recommended that travelers inquire about the status of their flight before arriving at the airport.
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According to a spokeswoman, Stuttgart airport is also preparing for major deterioration. There could be changes to the plan and flights could also be postponed. According to management, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden airport will at least try to maintain emergency operations. However, delays are expected. (dpa)