At least 1,100 Flights has been cancelled across 11 airport in Germany, rendering Tens of thousands of passengers stranded due to a walkout by airport security staff.
According to the federation of German airports ADV report, the strike includes the country’s busiest Frankfurt, and the capital Berlin.
At Frankfurt airport, 310 out of 1,120 arrival and departing flights were scrapped and other cancellations could be announced in the course of the day, a spokesman from operator Fraport told AFP on Thursday, February 1.
Berlin airport said there would be no flights departing on Thursday from the terminals which usually serve about 50,000 passengers on average daily.
Other airports affected by the walkout called by union Verdi included Hamburg, Bremen, Hanover, Cologne, Duesseldorf, Leipzig, Dresden, Erfurt and Stuttgart.
“The strike began well” with a “good to very good” level of participation, said Wolfgang Pieper, who is in charge of salary negotiations at Verdi.
The union wants hourly wage raised by 2.80 euros ($3.02) as well as higher compensation for overtime.
Defending the walkout, Verdi boss Frank Werneke said the working conditions in these areas are “so catastrophic that people want some relief.”
Last week, train drivers staged a five-day walkout, their longest ever and the fourth time they have gone on strike since November.
Verdi has called a public transport strike across the country for Friday, which will bring buses, trams and underground services to a standstill.