Lufthansa Pilot Strike November 26, 2016 (Intercontinental Routes)

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Lufthansa pilots will continue their strike for the fourth day on Saturday (November 26) and intercontinental flights are affected this time around.

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The continental flights should operate as planned, although likely some crew members and planes are not in the right places to operate these.

You can access Lufthansa’s web page for flight disruption here.

Here’s the information that Lufthansa has published so far:

Strike of the Pilots union “Vereinigung Cockpit” (VC) for Lufthansa flights from Germany on continental routes on 25 November 2016, as well as on intercontinental routes on 26 November 2016

The pilots union Cockpit (VC) has called for a strike for Lufthansa flights from Germany. This affects continental routes from Germany on 25 November and intercontinental routes on 26 November 2016.

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.

Lufthansa sincerely apologizes to its passengers for the inconvenience caused by the strike of the pilots union “Vereinigung Cockpit” and will do everything possible to keep the impact as low as possible. A special flight schedule for 25 November 2016 has been enabled allowing almost all intercontinental flights on 25 November 2016 to take place. A special flight schedule for 26 November 2016 has been enabled.

Note that some intercontinental flights may operate on Saturday if Lufthansa is able to get some non-union (management) pilots to fly them. You should check the status of your flight.

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.

It is really interesting to see how long Lufthansa can afford to have this contract dispute with the pilots. The year end holidays are soon approaching and it would severely affect German passengers if Lufthansa’s flight schedule wouldn’t be fully operational around the Christmas and New Years.

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