Frankfurt airport security staff strike that will take place on Tuesday January 15, 2019 has now expanded to other cities in Germany and includes employees in Hamburg, Hannover, Bremen, Leipzig-Halle, Dresden and Erfurt.
The strikes are expected to take place between 1AM to 8AM local time basically ending the security screening of passengers trying to enter the secure area outside of the airport. Supposedly transit security is not affected in Frankfurt.
This will lead to high number of flight cancellations and Lufthansa has issued rebooking guidelines and requests that passengers do not come to airport during the strike period. If you have bookings with Lufthansa or any Lufthansa Group airlines (Swiss, Austrian and Brussels), you should check your reservation.
Here are the rebooking guidelines issued by Lufthansa (access their piece for travel information here):
Flight schedule disrupted by strikes by Frankfurt security staff on Tuesday, 15. January
Strike by Frankfurt airport security staff
Due to a strike by the security staff at the airport, Lufthansa Group flights to and from Frankfurt will be considerably impaired next Tuesday, 15. January. Please inform yourself about the status of your flight.
A special feature, however, applies to passengers who want to start their flight in Frankfurt on Tuesday. According to the airport operator, security checks outside the transit area are not occupied. If you start your journey in Frankfurt, you will not be able to reach your flight during the entire strike period. Lufthansa therefore asks you not to go to the airport and instead, if you have not yet done so, to use rebooking options. In the chapters below you will find options for rebooking.
If you have planned a trip starting in Frankfurt on Tuesday, you will not be able to catch this flight due to the strike. In this case we offer you a free rebooking.
If you have a Lufthansa/SWISS/Austrian Airlines/Brussels Airlines ticket for flights on 15.01.2019 from Frankfurt, you can rebook once free of charge online under My bookings. The following conditions must be observed:
Rebooking within the same booking class
Tickets must be issued on/before 11.01.2019
New date of travel must be from 11.01.2019 until 20.01.2019
Change of origin/destination and class of service/compartment are not permitted
For all other ticket conditions, original fare conditions apply
Security staff is seeking pay raises of up to 30% (20 euros per hour). Interesting to see how this will play out. The issue always is that there are so many important employee groups in air transportation and when one of them strikes, it freezes the entire system.
Airlines affected by this strike are required to provide Duty to Care per EC 261/2004 and rebook affected passengers to their final destination at their (passengers’ not the airlines’) earliest opportunity. You probably need to give Lufthansa a nudge to get them to rebook you to a non-Lufthansa or Star Alliance airline but it is possible and required per the EU law.
You should also get accommodation and food vouchers in case of long delays.