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Manchester Airport passengers face disruption as Lufthansa 24-hour cabin crew strike cancels flights

By Frankie Aldaiji

Hundreds of passengers at Manchester Airport are facing disruption today after German Airline Lufthansa announced a 24 hour cabin crew strike.

So far three outbound flights from Manchester have been cancelled, including two to Munich and one to Frankfurt.  

The Independent Flight Attendants Organization (UFO) had announced nationwide 24 hour strike actions for today.  UFO is seeking a 5% pay increase for cabin crew and assurances on jobs.

A Lufthansa spokeman said: “Lufthansa sincerely regrets that the labor dispute is being waged at the expense of its customers.  Lufthansa will do its utmost best to minimize the impacts on its customers.”

The union, which represents the majority of Lufthansa’s 19,000 cabin crew, disputes that its members have not had a pay rise for three years.

The airline is currently undergoing a 1.5bn euro ($1.9bn; £1.2bn) cost-cutting programme to offset rising fuel costs and tackle competition from low-cost and Gulf carriers.

All German regions and all types of flights have been affected.  Frankfurt Airport in particular has been ‘strongly affected’, the airline said.

In the UK, Lufthansa also flies from Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Heathrow, Gatwick and London City to the affected airports in Germany.

The Lufthansa number to contact for those affected is 0800 3580538.

Passenger rights:

Passengers whose flights are cancelled might have been booked on an alternative flight

Otherwise, they can rebook or receive a refund

No extra compensation will be paid

Some nominal payment may be claimed on some travel insurance policies

Tickets on German domestic flights can be exchanged for rail tickets

Those who face lengthy delays should be given meals and accommodation if necessary

If a trip is cancelled, car rental or accommodation costs will be covered by the tour operator for those on a package deal, or for some of those on premium travel insurance

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