Lufthansa Pilots Once More Extend Strike To All Continental Routes on 25th November 2016

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The Lufthansa pilot union has once again extended their strike for yet another day, now including Friday 25th November as well.

lh-pilot-strikeThe strike on Friday will be limited to continental routes while yesterday and today included worldwide flights and affected many thousands of frustrated passengers.

As previously 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 on 24 November 2016 as well as on continental routes on 25 November 2016.

The pilots union Cockpit (VC) has called for a strike for Lufthansa flights from Germany on all continental and intercontinental routes between on 24 November 2016 until 23:59 German local time. Further, on 25 November all continental routes from Germany will be affected.

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.

A special flight schedule for 25 November 2016 will be activated as soon as possible.

For flights within Germany passengers have the option to use Deutsche Bahn trains though you should consider if that’s really a good option instead of demanding to get a rebooking to a partner airline. Even if you say that a train would be a suitable alternative better check the prices to buy a train ticket directly and get the flight refunded instead of using the flight coupons for it.

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 Air France/KLM etc. I recommend to search yourself for suitable alternatives before contacting Lufthansa and demand to be placed on these flights.

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