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Strike action sees Lufthansa flights cancelled across Europe

Dozens of flights to and from Ireland and the UK have been affected, with Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Hamburg airports all targeted by the strikes.

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GERMAN AIRLINE LUFTHANSA has cancelled almost all its flights within Europe today due to strike action provoked by an ongoing staff pay dispute.

Dozens of flights to and from Ireland and the UK have been affected, with Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Hamburg airports all targeted by the strikes.

The Lufthansa Group said flight operations would be “considerably restricted” in response to the industrial action by ver.di union members, with just a few short-haul flights – such as in Berlin – operating on Monday. In total, only 20 of the 1,650 planned Lufthansa short-haul flights will operate today due to the limited flight schedule.

In addition to the cancellations in Germany and Europe, massive flight cancellations and delays are to be expected for long-haul flights. Lufthansa said that, of the 50 planned flights in Frankfurt, just six will operate; in Munich, of the 17 planned flights, just three will operate; whereas, in Dusseldorf all three long-haul flights are scheduled to operate as planned.

Flights operated by Germanwings will not be affected.

The airline said it regrets any inconvenience to passengers caused by the strike measures by ver.di, and said it would do its “utmost” to minimise impacts on passengers.

Lufthansa passengers have been advised to check the status of their flight before leaving for the airport and to calculate extra time for travelling.

The airline says affected customers can change flights free of charge.

Read: Lufthansa flights cancelled as staff strikes commence

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