Yes, They Did It Again! Lufthansa Pilots Strike This Week As Well 29th + 30th November 2016

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Lufthansa pilots are not getting enough of their comfortable strike life and called for another labor action on 29th November (continental routes) and 30th November (worldwide routes).

lh-strikeTravelers will have to face the consequences and once more monitor their flights closely and be prepared to get rebooked onto another carrier in order to reach their destination.

It’s truly unbelievable but yes the pilots union (VC) is holding the company at ransom while having their members walk out on the job again this week, meaning the pilots striked for almost an entire week during the month of November.

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 continental routes on 29 November 2016, on continental and intercontinental routes on 30 November 2016

The pilots union Cockpit (VC) has called for a strike for Lufthansa flights from Germany on continental flights on 29 November 2016. On 30 November continental as well as intercontinental routes from Germany are affected. On 28 November flight operations will proceed according to schedule.

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 both days will be activated on 28 November at 2:00 pm CET.

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.

On the bright side you might be able to fly something nice in lieu of Lufthansa as two of my friends experienced this weekend when they got re-booked onto Singapore Airlines First Class (Houston-Manchester) or Suites (Singapore-Frankfurt) respectively. Needless to say none of them was sad about the change.

That being said you should be careful because if LH wants to rebook you onto other carriers, especially in Premium Class. You might be better off requesting a full refund and book at a cheaper rate yourself instead of having Lufthansa do the rebooking for you.

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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