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Lufthansa Airlines Pilot Strike at German Airports- Germany

The Situation:

Germany's Lufthansa Airlines is cancelling more than 800 flights for Friday, likely affecting 130,000 passengers, after the pilots' union announced a one-day strike.

The 24-hour strike begining after midnight on Thursday will affect both passenger and cargo services.

Lufthansa said flight cancellations would affect Frankfurt and Munich airports. In Frankfurt, approximately 678 flights while 345 flights were canceled in Munich.

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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