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The Situation:

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.

Possible Effects:

  • 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

DISCLAIMER and Hold Harmless Disclaimer: LSDS™ gathers information from multiple sources and offers insight and perspective to travelers. Sources cannot be validated for accuracy in every instance. Travelers assume all risk associated with their travel and are responsible for the decisions associated with travel and for their own safety. Users of this reference document agree, to hold harmless LSDS™ (LLC) its employees and clients associated with any risk or injury incurred during travel.


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