SEVERE WX : Fire Weather Watch View Alerts

Flight cancellations top 1,100 as German workers strike

Hundreds of flights have been canceled in Germany after public sector airport workers went on strike to demand higher...

Posted: Apr 10, 2018 11:09 AM
Updated: Apr 10, 2018 11:09 AM

Hundreds of flights have been canceled in Germany after public sector airport workers went on strike to demand higher pay.

German airline Lufthansa was forced on Tuesday to cancel 800 flights, or half its daily schedule. It said 90,000 passengers had been affected.

Public sector workers including bus drivers and hospital staff have staged weeks of intermittent strikes across Germany, but airports had not been affected until Tuesday.

Verdi, a union that represents 2.3 million public sector workers in Germany, said the strikes affected airports in Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne and Bremen. The striking airport staff included security guards and firefighters.

The union is calling for a 6% annual raise for its workers, and is using the strike to promote its cause ahead of negotiations on Sunday.

"The economy is booming and federal and state tax revenues haven't been this high in a very long time," the union said in a statement. "Allowing public sector workers to share in this favorable economic development is not only fair, it secures the future of the public sector."

Unions representing millions of other German workers secured generous pay rises earlier this year. They also won guarantees for more flexible working hours.

Related: What does a new CEO mean for Germany's biggest bank?

Fraport, the company that operates Frankfurt Airport, said the volume of cancellations is rare, but not unprecedented. The airport hosts 64 million passengers a year.

The last strike to cause a similar level of disruption at Frankfurt Airport was two years ago.

The mood at the Lufthansa hub was relatively calm because most passengers were warned about the cancellations on Monday, according to airport spokesperson Torben Beckmann.

Lufthansa said in a statement that it was "completely unacceptable for the union to impose this conflict on uninvolved passengers."

"Lufthansa is not a part of this collective bargaining conflict, but unfortunately our customers and our company are being affected by the consequences of this dispute," said Bettina Volkens, a member of airline's executive board.

Lufthansa said it expects normal operations to resume on Wednesday.

Other airlines faced less disruption on Tuesday because they contract with alternative airport service companies that continued to operate.

-- CNN's Mark Thompson contributed to this report.

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 333357

Reported Deaths: 7089
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles1363573824
Riverside25748550
Orange25255424
San Diego19929422
San Bernardino19502307
Fresno828288
Imperial7977136
Alameda7976148
San Joaquin698870
Kern660198
Santa Clara6542167
Tulare5942152
Sacramento571483
Stanislaus497351
Contra Costa485290
San Francisco459050
Ventura424653
San Mateo4045112
Santa Barbara393131
Marin370232
Kings297039
Monterey279018
Solano207528
Merced188412
Sonoma181916
Placer111411
San Luis Obispo10065
Yolo92928
Madera8938
Santa Cruz5693
Napa5184
Lassen4280
Sutter4034
San Benito3622
Butte3384
El Dorado3070
Shasta2006
Yuba1983
Glenn1760
Humboldt1654
Nevada1631
Mendocino1320
Lake1211
Colusa1130
Tehama1071
Tuolumne730
Calaveras670
Del Norte610
Mono521
Siskiyou410
Amador400
Inyo351
Mariposa321
Plumas190
Alpine20
Trinity20
Sierra10
Unassigned00
Chico
Few Clouds
93° wxIcon
Hi: 99° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 93°
Oroville
Clear
92° wxIcon
Hi: 100° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 92°
Paradise
Few Clouds
93° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 93°
Chester
Clear
83° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 60°
Feels Like: 83°
Red Bluff
Clear
93° wxIcon
Hi: 102° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 93°
Willows
Few Clouds
93° wxIcon
Hi: 102° Lo: 62°
Feels Like: 93°
Tuesday was another hot day for northern California, but a slight shift in our weather pattern Wednesday will make it hotter for everyone.
KHSL Severe
KHSL Radar
KHSL Temperatures

Community Events