Thanks to the inmates at the Union Asylum, the pilot strike has not been extended through Saturday November 26, 2016. The strike is set to run from 00:01a through 11:59p and is targeting long haul strikes out of Germany.
As what has unfortunately become normal, Lufthansa will yet again be forced to publish a special timetable for flights on November 26. The new timetable is usually available by 6:00a on the day before the strike and can be found by using this link which is updated with the most current info. But keep in mind that Saturday’s impacted flights won’t be loaded until Friday morning at 6:00a local Frankfurt time (CET).
It’s a bit unusual for the Union leadership to get out of bed to work on a Saturday so this latest act of stupidity comes as a bit of a surprise. As such, I expect that the strike will be predictably extended to include Sunday and perhaps Monday as well, but that is speculation on my part based on the Union’s past behavior.
What I’m really interested to see if the Union has the balls to call strikes during the first week of December when traditionally most of Germany begins their Holiday travel season. The union thinks it pulled a fast one by striking during a time frame that would impact most American travelers, so lets see if they man up and piss off their constituency within Germany. Keep in mind, North America is Lufthansa’s second largest market so the impact is obviously felt by Lufthansa, but perhaps less by those in Germany or Europe.
Does my opinion of the union come through clearly enough? 🙂