Massive Airline to strike today that will cause cancellations at Pearson Airport in Mississauga, Ontario

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Published February 19, 2024 at 10:36 am

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Passengers planning to fly with Lufthansa through Mississauga’s Pearson Airport may encounter disruptions due to an upcoming strike today (Feb. 19).

The 35-hour strike action, announced by Verdi, Germany’s largest union representing workers across multiple industries is set to begin at 2 p.m. today Eastern Standard Time (EST) until 1:10 a.m. on Wednesday (Feb. 21).

The strike is expected to greatly disrupt Lufthansa’s flight schedule, with the airline estimating that only 10 to 20 per cent of its flights will proceed as planned on Feb. 20.

Lufthansa notes that approximately 900 out of 1,000 planned flights— so far— have been cancelled, impacting close to 100,000 passengers.

The strike is reportedly due to an ongoing dispute between the airline and its union with demands for a 12.5% wage increase and a one-time inflation bonus for 25,000 employees.

Lufthansa has announced that passengers impacted by flight cancellations caused by the strike can rebook their flights for free. Options for rebooking include the airline’s official website, its mobile app, or through direct contact with Lufthansa’s service centres.

Additionally, passengers with tickets for domestic flights in Germany have the option to exchange them for rail vouchers.

Pearson Airport and Lufthansa are advising passengers to check the status of their flights before leaving for the airport in light of the strike’s expected delays on flight operations.

The airline has also highlighted that during the strike, rebooking desks at the airport will be unstaffed, urging passengers to manage their flight arrangements via the app or the Lufthansa website.

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