Hundreds of flights were canceled Thursday at 11 airports in Germany due to a one-day strike by security staff.
As we wrote, workers at major German airports announced a strike on Thursday, and the Verdi trade union, which announced a one-day work stoppage, is demanding a €2.8 (1,000 HUF) increase in hourly wages and better overtime pay on behalf of 25,000 workers in sector.
Due to the work stoppage, security checks were suspended at eleven airports, and for this reason passengers were not even allowed to enter the airports.
The strike affected operations at airports in Frankfurt, Hamburg, Bremen, Berlin, Leipzig, Düsseldorf, Cologne, Hannover, Stuttgart, Erfurt and Dresden.
At Germany's busiest airport, Frankfurt Airport, 310 of the 1,120 flights scheduled to take place were cancelled, and security checks were suspended, so it was impossible to enter the transit station and no passengers could board the planes.
Frankfurt-based airline Lufthansa promised uninterrupted operations for arriving and connecting passengers, but boarding in Frankfurt was not possible due to the strike.
In Berlin, in addition to all departing flights, many incoming flights were also cancelled, and the airport lounge was empty on Thursday morning.
In Dusseldorf, a third of departing and arriving flights were cancelled, and in the nearby city of Cologne, where strikes began on Wednesday evening, air traffic practically stopped.
At other airports, such as Munich Airport, which is Lufthansa's second largest hub, the work stoppage did not affect the operation of air transport, as planes operate according to schedule.
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