Sunday 24 September 2017

Irish fans travelling to Bosnia could be affected by Lufthansa airline strike

Lufthansa plans to cancel numerous outgoing flights from Frankfurt and Duesseldorf airports due to a cabin crew strike (AP)
Lufthansa plans to cancel numerous outgoing flights from Frankfurt and Duesseldorf airports due to a cabin crew strike (AP)

Tom Rooney

With the German airline Lufthansa now on strike, Irish fans planning on travelling to Bosnia for the first leg of the Euro 2016 play-off may have to consider alternative options.

Germany's flagship airline has cancelled 290 flights as cabin crew workers went on strike at Frankfurt and Dusseldorf airports.

The carrier said the cancellations included 23 long-haul flights and that overall some 37,500 passengers were affected.

For those who wish to lend support to the Boys in Green against Bosnia Herzegovina at the Bilino polje Stadium, Zenica next Friday, these developments could be very significant.

The closest airport to Zenica is in Sarajevo, which is approximately 70km to the south, and there are no direct flights there from anywhere in Ireland.

There are a number of connecting flights, including through Vienna, but also Frankfurt. 

Lufthansa urged travellers to check its website or call its hotline before heading to the airport to see if their connections were affected.

Lufthansa subsidiaries such as Austrian Airlines, Germanwings, Eurowings and Swiss are not affected.

The UFO union said earlier this week its members would go on strike for a week, starting on Friday, if its demands were not met.

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