Those traveling from, to or within Germany will be facing flight cancellations and delays after the trade union Verdi called for Industrial Action for Thursday, March 27, 2014. The union called for baggage handlers, ground staff and maintenance personnel to strike over public sector pay.
Verdi represents approximately 6,000 public sector employees in airports around Germany. The union wants a 3.5% pay raise and a bonus of 100 Euroos a month ($140). The government has stated that there will be a pay raise but that it cannot meet the demands that Verdi is requesting.
Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, has said that the strike will cause a lot of their flights to be cancelled and even more to be delayed. A third round of negotiations will take place between March 30 and April 1, 2014.
If you are flying to, from or between cities in Germany, call your airline and make sure your flight has not been affected before heading out to the airport.
American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia are now waiving the change fees for passengers traveling to, through or from certain airports in Germany:
Information is current as of March 27, 2014 (AA.COM website)
German Travel PolicyDue to the situation in Germany, American Airlines, British Airways and Iberia offer the following flexibility options to our ticketed customers whose travel may be impacted by this event. Customers ticketed to travel on prime BA and IB flights or AA*/BA/IB flights to/from/through the airports listed below may change flights as shown below.If you are traveling to, through or from:
- Frankfurt, Germany (FRA)
- Munich, Germany (MUC)
On the following dates: March 27, 2014
And your ticket was issued no later than: March 26, 2014
You may travel: March 28 – April 3, 2014
Original inventory required? No
The ticket reissue charge will be waived for one ticket change.
To change travel dates, contact our Reservations personnel at 1-800-433-7300 within the United States or Canada. If you are calling from outside the United States or Canada, please check our Worldwide Reservations Numbers page.