The union representing the majority of Lufthansa’s Pilots has announced that it plans to have pilots, and the rest of the country it appears, strike from April 2 at midnight to April 4, midnight (Wednesday through Friday) thus creating the potential for a 3-day industrial action.
In the press release from the union, they called for a nationwide strike so it will be more than just pilots who would walk off the job. For example this week’s strike at Germany airports were in sympathy to child care workers who wanted more money and better benefits.
Before anyone starts panicking, please bear in mind that there are a few days left to allow for negotiations to work. But please be prepared for the worst as a 3 day strike can have a crippling effect. With the strike being a ‘nationwide industrial action’ it has the potential to affect rail and bus travel as well.
If you are traveling on Lufthansa during this time frame, you will be able to modify your booking by visiting the the “My Booking” Area of Lufthansa.com
Also, you can Use this link to determine the best phone number to contact based on your location if you can not access your reservation online to make necessary changes. Just be prepared and patient for potentially long hold times.
We’ve also set up a dedicated WIKI thread on FlyerTalk that will try to gather the latest information as it becomes available.
According to Lufthansa, they have already submitted a counter proposal to the union that has not yet been replied to, offering a temporary solution while both sides work out a longer term deal. Should the temporary plan be agreed to, the strike would be called off. The next few days will be fluid to say the least!
If you have any questions or need help, please let me know.