In the words of the immortal Yogi Berra, it’s ‘Deja Vu All Over Again’……
The union representing the majority of Lufthansa pilots has threatened the airline with what it calls an ‘imminent’ strike after breaking off talks with airline this weekend. Though they said that they will strike at any moment, they promised to give enough notice so that passengers would not be stranded at airports. So thoughtful.
Apparently the negotiations that have taken place over the 3-4 months after the last strike in April did not please the union so they are back at their typical antics. During the April version of the strike, the union actually lost support of the public that they usually enjoy during their tantrums. This will not help their public relations this time either since they are threatening to strike during the peak of the European vacation season that runs into mid-September.
If your travel over the next days and weeks involves Lufthansa-operated flights, please pay special attention to these developments as they will obviously impact your travel. I’ll provide updates as more information becomes available.
Couple this with the beginning of an Icelandic volcano eruption that threatens air travel, and we’re staring at an unfortunate ‘1-2 combination’ that promises to make things interesting.