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Lufthansa strike grounds hundreds of passengers

HUNDREDS of Irish passengers face flight cancelations today due to strike action by German airline Lufthansa.

The one-day strike, which is due to a pay dispute, will result in just 20 of more than 1,650 scheduled short-haul flights operating.

Six flights that usually operate between Dublin and Frankfurt have been cancelled due to the action.

They include the 5.30am, 12.10pm and 5.55pm flights departing from Dublin and the 10.05am, 4.05pm and 9.40pm departing from Frankfurt.

The German airports affected are Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf and Hamburg.

The airline said many long-haul services will also be hit, with only six of 50 planned flights operating at its main Frankfurt hub, and only three of 17 in Munich.

The airline notified the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) of the strike action yesterday, a spokesman for the airport said.

Passengers affected by the cancellations can re-book for free.

The United Services trade union announced the one-day "warning strike" on Friday.

The tactic is commonly used by German unions to raise pressure in wage talks.

Last Wednesday, Lufthansa rejected the union's demand for wage increases of 5.2pc over the next year as well as job guarantees.

Last year, short-term stoppages caused flight cancellations during a dispute between a union representing cabin crews and the airline.

Irish Independent