Air Travel Turbulence: Strike Halts Passenger Flights in Eastern Germany
As the two-week winter school holidays commenced in Saxony, a transport sector strike at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden airports grounded all passenger flights on Monday, with over 100 flights affected. The industrial action, called by the United Services Union ver.di on Sunday morning, disrupted the travel plans of countless holidaymakers.
The Verdi union’s call for a 48-hour warning strike targeted employees of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, the operator of Leipzig/Halle and Dresden airports. The strike, which began in the early hours of Sunday, seeks a raise in tabular wages by 650 euros for 2024 and an inflation compensation payment of 3000 euros.
Verdi Union’s Demands and Impact
The union’s demands come amidst a broader push for higher wages and cost-of-living adjustments in the face of soaring inflation. As a result of the strike, thousands of passengers have seen their travel plans thrown into disarray, with Leipzig/Halle International Airport, one of Germany’s busiest air cargo hubs, particularly impacted.
Among the affected flights are DE238, DE239, DE1462, DE1463, DE1466, and DE1467. Passengers are advised to monitor their flight status and contact their airlines for rebooking options or cancellation and refund procedures. The strike is expected to conclude by Tuesday night.
Nationwide Transport Strike Looms
Amidst the ongoing disruptions in eastern Germany, a nationwide transport sector strike looms large. Verdi and the Railway and Transport Union (EVG) have called for a 24-hour strike on March 27, which could affect hundreds of thousands of passengers at airports, train stations, and other transportation hubs across the country.
The impact of the March 27 strike is expected to be significant. Deutsche Bahn, Germany’s national railway company, has announced a complete shutdown of both long-distance and regional trains, leaving few alternatives for stranded passengers. In the event of flight cancellations or delays of more than three hours, airlines are required to offer alternative transportation to passengers.
Air Travel Advisory
As the situation unfolds, passengers are advised to stay informed and plan accordingly. By remaining vigilant and adaptable, travelers can navigate the turbulent air travel landscape and ensure that their journeys remain as smooth as possible.
As the transport sector strike in eastern Germany comes to an end, the ripple effects of the industrial action continue to reverberate. Thousands of passengers, many of them school holidaymakers, faced disrupted travel plans as over 100 flights were cancelled at Leipzig/Halle and Dresden airports. The strike, called by Verdi union, sought higher wages and inflation compensation for employees of Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG.
With a nationwide transport sector strike on the horizon, the air travel turbulence may not be over just yet. As passengers and airlines brace for further disruptions, the importance of staying informed and adaptable becomes increasingly clear. By doing so, travelers can weather the storm and ensure that their journeys remain on course.