EXTENDED: Lufthansa Pilot Strike November 23-24th, 2016 (Check That Your Flight Is Operating)

After Lufthansa failed to get a court injunction to prevent the scheduled pilot strike for today the pilot union announced that they will actually extend the strike to include tomorrow November 24th as well.

lh-strikeThe strike will include all routes, continental and intercontinental, that Lufthansa operates and passengers should see to get themselves rebooked onto alternate connections at the earliest convenience.

This will not affect flights that are operated by other airlines of the Lufthansa group such as Swiss and Austrian which will be used as first resort for affected (stranded) Lufthansa passengers.

You can access Lufthansa’s web page for their announcement here.

Strike of the Pilots union “Vereinigung Cockpit” (VC) for Lufthansa flights from Germany on all continental and intercontinental routes between 23. November 2016 00:01 and 24. November 23:29 German local time.

The pilots union Cockpit (VC) has called for a strike for Lufthansa flights from Germany on all continental and intercontinental routes between 23. November 2016 00:01 and 24. November 2016 23:59 German local time.

The strike announcement concerns Lufthansa operated flights only. Flights operated by Germanwings, Eurowings, Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Brussels Airlines are not affected by the strike measures and will continue to operate normally.

Conclusion

Remember that Lufthansa has duty to care in case of strikes due to the European Union law EC 261/2004. It means that the airline must provide accommodation, meals and phone cards to affected passengers.

Lufthansa is also required to rebook the affected passengers at the earliest convenient flights (not for the airline but for the passengers). They may try to limit the selection of airlines to Lufthansa Group or Star Alliance ones but they certainly can (and actually have to) rebook also on airlines such as British Airways and Emirates. I recommend to search yourself for alternatives before contacting Lufthansa and demand to be placed on these flights.

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