Wednesday 21 March 2018

Number of flights from Dublin Airport cancelled as airline pilots strike

The airline is carrying out a 48-hour strike

Lufthansa planes in Frankfurt
Lufthansa planes in Frankfurt
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

A number of Lufthansa flights to and from Ireland have been cancelled as the airline’s pilots begin two days of industrial action.

In a row over pay conditions, pilots of the German airline have decided to stage a 48-hour walkout.

The strike is due to end at around 11pm (Irish time) on Thursday.

Flights scheduled to travel between Dublin, Frankfurt and Munich have all been cancelled.

Intending passengers are being advised to check the Lufthansa website.

The pilot union said 876 of roughly 3,000 flights scheduled for Wednesday have been cancelled with about 100,000 passengers being affected.

This strike was announced after Lufthansa’s application for an injunction to prevent the industrial action was rejected by a Frankfurt labour court.

Lufthansa was seeking to prevent the strike going ahead after a Frankfurt labour court earlier rejected its application for an injunction.

The only flights affected short-haul and long-haul flights departing  to and from German airports.

Flights by Lufthansa's other airlines including Germanwings, Eurowings, Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Brussels Airlines, are not affected.

Pilots are seeking an average increase of 3.7% in pay over a five-year period dating back to 2012.

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