Hundreds of commercial flights to Germany have been cancelled country wide due to a strike by airport security personnel.
Scores of flights to and from Germany have been cancelled on 14 March after more than 1,000 security workers called a strike at airports across the country due to wage disputes. Dozens of flights have been cancelled leading to long delays at airports in Berlin, Dusseldorf and Hannover. The one-day strike called by the Verdi Union also caused cancellations and delays in Bremen, Hannover und Leipzig airports.
Further walkouts in Cologne/Bonn, Frankfurt and Hamburg are planned for 15 March. Verdi Union, which represents around 25,000 security staff, claim 1,350 employees nationwide are participating in the strikes.
Delays/cancellations of flights
Extended security wait times
Decreased security personnel and measures at affected airports
Decrease in available services at affected German airports
Possible demonstrations by security personnel at airports
Mitigating Factors to Apply:
Confirm flight itinerary prior to departing for the airport
Prepare for disruptions caused by unrest, such as increased traffic/security, blocked roads, and potential travel into demonstration sites (ie. airports)
Check the local situation (local and social media, embassy, POC at the destination, etc.) prior to travel
Allow extra time to travel to/from the destination, airport, and accommodations
Avoid all protests and demonstration, which have the possibility of turning violent and may serve as a catalyst for Covid-19 spread
Monitor local and social media for updates
Enroll in a Safe Traveler program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy
Plan for alternative transportation, if necessary
Adhere to local laws and follow the instructions of law enforcement at all times
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