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Due to strikes by security forces and ground staff, no passengers can board from outside Frankfurt Airport. The strikers demanded at a rally: “Our wages should take off.”

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Video 02:11 min. | 03/07/24, 4:45 p.m. |hessenschau

Ground staff at the airport are on strike

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Frankfurt Airport has been closed to departing passengers since Thursday morning due to the warning strike by aviation security forces. Because of the lack of controls, no “landside passengers” could enter the airport, explained a spokesman for the operator Fraport. The company advised its customers to contact their airlines and not to come to the airport under any circumstances. Security staff are also on strike at Hamburg Airport.

The impact on the flight schedule is still unclear, as at least planes continue to land in Frankfurt and passengers can also transfer or get out of them. Originally, 1,170 take-offs and landings with around 160,000 passengers on board were planned for Thursday. Which connections are canceled is up to the respective airline, said an airport spokesman.

Lufthansa ground staff: “We are worth it”

At the same time, the next warning strike by Lufthansa ground staff began at Frankfurt Airport early in the morning. The two-day strike “got off to a very successful start,” said a spokesman for the Verdi union.

Several hundred strikers gathered in a parking lot for a rally in the morning. “Our wages should also take off,” said a poster attached to the stage, “We are worth it,” said another banner.

After the rally, a demonstration was planned to the Lufthansa building, where the company’s annual press conference took place. The inflation rate is high, “it has to be compensated for,” said Yusuf Hüdür, one of the demonstrators and works council chairman of I-Sec German Aviation Security.

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Further information

Lufthansa balance sheet 2023

The return of the desire to travel and higher ticket prices have given Lufthansa the third-highest profit in its history in daily business in 2023. The operating profit adjusted for special items (adjusted EBIT) increased by 76 percent to almost 2.7 billion euros compared to the previous year, which was still affected by the pandemic, as Lufthansa announced on Thursday in Frankfurt. However, there are no further big jumps in sight at the moment: CEO Carsten Spohr expects an adjusted operating profit at the previous year’s level for 2024.

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Lufthansa wants to fly 10 to 20 percent of its original flight schedule during the warning strike, which is scheduled to last until 7:10 a.m. on Saturday morning.

Fifth wave of warning strikes

Lufthansa’s technical departments had already gone on their fifth wave of warning strikes on Wednesday evening. In this way, Verdi wants to force greater concessions from management in the ongoing collective bargaining for around 25,000 ground staff. The negotiations with private aviation security companies also involve around 25,000 people.

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If flights within Germany are canceled, customers will not be able to use their plane ticket to take the train as usual due to the parallel train drivers’ strike. Free rebooking options are available via lufthansa.com, the customer app and the service center.

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Further strikes possible – including among flight attendants

In the ongoing collective bargaining dispute, Verdi is demanding 12.5 percent more salary, but at least 500 euros per month for a term of twelve months. There will also be a group-wide uniform inflation compensation bonus of 3,000 euros.

Lufthansa refers to past wage increases and has so far offered 10 percent more salary and an inflation compensation bonus for a period of 28 months. The next negotiations are scheduled for March 13th and 14th.

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Audio 01:24 Min. | 07.03.24 | Lars Hofmann

Opinion: “It’s better to have strikes than collective begging”

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Lufthansa passengers must also expect strikes from another professional group in the near future. A few weeks before the start of the Easter holidays, the flight attendants of Lufthansa and its regional subsidiary Lufthansa Cityline voted for strikes in a strike vote by the UFO union on Wednesday. It was still unclear when strikes could be expected.

Lufthansa: Labor disputes have cost 100 million euros so far

The continued warning strikes have cost the company around 100 million euros so far this year, as Lufthansa CFO Remco Steenbergen said on Thursday when the company presented its balance sheet. In addition, numerous customers held back on bookings.

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