Lufthansa pilot strike to impact over 100,000 passengers this weekend
Although many keen adventurers expected their air travel troubles to end after the July-August peak, unfortunately, Lufthansa pilots have announced a 24h strike on Friday, September 2nd. Over 800 Lufthansa flights were already cancelled, mostly those departing from Frankfurt and Munich.
Did you have a Lufthansa flight affected by this strike by delay or cancellation?
Why are Lufthansa strikes occurring?
The ongoing salary disagreement between Lufthansa and its pilots served as the incentive for Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), a labour group, to have announced the impending strike on Wednesday, August 31st.
Although talks are ongoing, the union and airline have not yet reached a consensus. VC aims to negotiate a 5.5% pay increase for its pilots (almost 5,000) this year, followed by automatic inflation compensation.
Who is affected by this Lufthansa strike?
The strike will start tomorrow, Friday, September 2nd, and last a day, if not longer. Lufthansa refused to comment on the strike immediately, but we know that it will directly impact flights this weekend. Although Lufthansa has pledged to make every effort to limit the consequences of the pilot strike on Friday, there will undoubtedly be cancellations and delays this weekend.
This strike is in addition to past and current strikes, personnel shortages, and aircraft cancellations by airlines, which resulted in long lineups at airports and other delays. Although it should be emphasised that management prevented more walkouts by reaching a pay agreement with ground staff earlier this month after a strike forced Lufthansa to postpone more than 1,000 flights.
What are the effects of the strike?
- Friday Lufthansa strike could impact as many as 130,000 travellers.
- 800 flights were cancelled on Friday, mostly in Frankfurt and Munich airports.
- Lufthansa shares dropped as a result of the strike announcement.
Were you affected by the Lufthansa pilot strike?
You could get flight compensation up to £520!
What should I do if I was affected by Lufthansa’s Friday strike?
You have rights as an airline passenger, and as a result, you are protected by the EU261 air passenger rights regulations.
- If your flight was delayed by at least 3 hours as a result of an airline strike, you are entitled to flight compensation of up to £520 per passenger.
- You are also entitled to flight compensation if your flight was cancelled less than 14 days before the original departure date.
- If your flight was cancelled and you did not take the alternative flight offered by the airline (or were not offered one at all), you can also claim a full monetary refund of your ticket; do not accept vouchers!
How much compensation can I get in the event of Lufthansa strike?
For flights shorter than 1,500 km, the compensation is £220.
For flights between 1,500 and 3,500 km, the compensation is £350.
For flights of over 1,500 kilometres within the EU, the compensation is also £350.
For flights of over 3,500 kilometres outside of the EU, the compensation is £520 —but if your flight was delayed by fewer than 4 hours, the total amount might be reduced by 50%.
How to claim flight compensation in the event of Lufthansa strike?
The simplest, quickest, and most effective way to get flight compensation is through Flight-Delayed.co.uk.
It will only take a few minutes to upload all of your supporting documentation to our website, after which our professionals will handle the rest, maximising your chances of receiving travel compensation.