Lufthansa Airline Strike Alert- Germany


The Situation:

Ground staff at Lufthansa will stage a one-day strike on 27 July at Lufthansa’s German airport bases. The strike includes workers with key jobs such as check-in personnel, aircraft maintenance, ground crews and baggage handlers.


The strike will affect German airports including Frankfurt, Duesseldorf and Berlin, and will run from 3:45 am (0145 GMT) on 27 July until 6:00 am (0400 GMT) on 28 July.


Additional strikes are possible if union demands are not met.


Possible Effects:

  • Last minute cancellation of existing flights.

  • Increased wait times at airports due to lack of personnel

  • Decreased security personnel and measures at affected airports

  • Delays in incoming and outgoing flights to Germany

  • Decrease in available services at affected German airports

  • Possible loss or delay of personal baggage at airport

  • Possible demonstrations at transportation hubs


Mitigating Factors to Apply:

  • Prepare for local transportation disruptions, such as increased traffic and security, blocked roads, and potential travel into demonstration sites

  • Check the local situation (local and social media, embassy, POC at the destination, etc.) prior to travel

  • Avoid all protests and demonstrations, which have the possibility of turning violent and may serve as a catalyst for Covid-19 spread

  • Allow extra time for travel

  • Consider choosing airlines with low cancellation rates

  • Avoid flying through severely congested airports or airports with a history of significant delays, when possible

  • Strongly consider booking flights directly through an airline as opposed to third party booking services

  • Book flights and other transportation services as early as possible

  • Monitor local and social media for updates

  • Enroll in a Safe Traveler program to receive warnings from your preferred embassy

  • Confirm transportation availability and itineraries before departing

  • Plan for alternative transportation, if necessary

  • Consider only utilizing carry-on baggage to mitigate loss or delay of personal effects

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