As the strike contagion spreads through Germany, the union representing Aircraft handlers and other employees at most of Germany’s airports on Thursday which is intended to cripple air travel throughout the country and Europe.

Specifically, Frankfurt’s aircraft handlers, maintenance, freight handlers etc. will all walk off the job between 3:30a and 2:30p local time.

Munich, Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Hannover, Hamburg and Stuttgart will also be part of the walk-out this Thursday.

Expect major delays and cancelations throughout Lufthansa’s network for Thursday as the airline is fairly defenseless against this ridiculous union tactic. I say ridiculous because in essence, this strike is a sympathy strike as Child Care workers battle to get better salaries and benefits. So why not cripple the country’s airports as a result, right?

LH has announced that it will rebook passengers traveling to or from affected airports on the 27th at no cost.  You can take care of your booking yourself by visiting this Lufthansa webpage.

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.

In addition, Lufthansa does have a webpage that you can look to which provides updates on possible flight disruptions.

We’ve also set up a dedicated WIKI thread on FlyerTalk that will try to gather the latest information as it becomes available. Check there often if you travels take you to or through Germany this week.