Major international airline strike could cause delays, cancellations around the world

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Published March 12, 2024 at 12:31 pm

Major airline strike causes delays at Pearson Airport in Mississauga and elsewhere.

A walkout staged by cabin crew members employed by the world’s fourth-largest airline will likely cause flight delays. cancellations and other disruptions at airports around the world, including Pearson Airport in Mississauga.

Scheduled to take place Tuesday and Wednesday, the strike action by flight attendants working for Lufthansa is expected to throw two of Germany’s busiest airports, in Frankfurt and Munich, “into chaos,” according to travel site Euronews.travel.

Lufthansa trails only American airline giants Delta, American and United airlines in terms of revenue generated among international carriers.

Ripple effects from this week’s work stoppage by cabin crew members are expected to be felt at airports around the world as numerous flights out of Germany are looking at potential delays and/or cancellations.

According to Euronews.travel, Lufthansa says some 100,000 travellers are likely to be negatively impacted by the work action.

The strike is reportedly expected to impact departing flights from Frankfurt on Tuesday and Munich on Wednesday.

Frankfurt Airport officials said via that airport’s X site (formerly Twitter) “flight disruptions and cancellations are expected on March 12 due to a strike by Lufthansa’s cabin crew.”

This week’s work stoppage comes on the heels of labour strife the past several weeks involving security staff at Frankfurt Airport.

Work action on that front also negatively impacted Pearson Airport and other airports around the world. A number of flights into and out of Pearson were cancelled as a result.

Lufthansa Airlines officials said last week the carrier’s operations on March 7 and 8 were limited to “10 to 20 per cent of our flight schedule” due to the airport security staff strike in Germany.

With a population of about 800,000, Frankfurt is one of the largest cities in Germany and a popular destination for airlines operating out of Pearson.

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