Major German airports targeted for strike action on Thursday

Flights face mass disruption as German airport security staff are expected to stage a nationwide strike tomorrow (Thursday).

Airports likely to be affected include Berlin, Bremen, Cologne, Dresden, Dusseldorf, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Hanover, Leipzig and Stuttgart. 

Lufthansa has advised passengers not to go to the country’s airports due to the industrial action.

Thousands of flights were hit plus knock-on delays due to similar strike action last year.

Lufthansa said: “The trade union Verdi has announced strikes by security staff at several German airports on Thursday 1 February. Passengers can therefore expect considerable restrictions at security checkpoints.

“We strongly recommend that guests who wish to start their journey at Frankfurt, Hamburg, Bremen, Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden and Erfurt airports on 1 February do not come to the airport.

“This also applies to customers travelling by train to Frankfurt airport who have a connecting flight from Frankfurt. Due to the strike at the security checkpoints at Frankfurt airport, they will not have access to the departure area.”

The airline said it was still checking the effects on its flights schedule   

Public transport strikes are expected to continue across Germany from February 2 until the next morning. 

The strikes are likely to prompt disruptions to bus, subway and tram services in all states except Bavaria. Associated protests have not been announced but are possible, particularly near transit hubs.

The strikes have been planned amid collective bargaining talks for both airport security staff and local transit workers. 

The union represents an about 115,000 workers across the aviation security and transit sectors.

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