The trade union Verdi has called for a comprehensive strike by security personnel at Frankfurt Airport between 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. As a result, a considerable amount of disruptions is to be expected regarding flight operations to and from Frankfurt Airport. More detailed information for Lufthansa passengers is available at www.lufthansa.com . Passengers with a Lufthansa flight departing from Frankfurt can immediately change their flights, free-of-charge, to a date between January 11 - 20, 2019. Lufthansa will publish flight cancellations on its website on Sunday afternoon. From this date on, online rebooking will be possible. Passengers who have entered their contact data online will be actively informed about their flight status.
Passengers who are planning to start their journey from Frankfurt Airport on Tuesday, January 15, should take particular note of the situation. According to the airport operator, the security checks outside the transit area will not be staffed. Therefore, passengers who are supposed to begin their journey in Frankfurt will not be able to reach their flight during the entire strike period, as they will not be able to go through a security check. Lufthansa is therefore asking these guests not to come to the airport at all, but to instead use rebooking options online at www.lufthansa.com or the Lufthansa App to rebook their flights accordingly. This explicitly does not apply to transit passengers changing flights at Frankfurt Airport, but only those who are starting their journey there.
"Although all aviation partners agreed that we want to improve the situation for our passengers in 2019, the Verdi union is escalating this collective bargaining dispute disproportionately and to an unacceptable extent. This series of strikes can certainly no longer be described as warning strikes. It is also clear that Verdi has no interest in making its contribution to improving Germany as an aviation location. We already have the lowest quality security checks at the highest costs, compared to Europe and other countries around the world," said Dr. Detlef Kayser, Member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG for Airline Resources & Operations Standards.