Hundreds of flights have been cancelled at three major German airports after aviation security members of the Verdi trade union walked off the job this morning.
So far, more than 700 departing flights have been cancelled at Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN), Dusseldorf Airport (DUS) and Hamburg Airport (HAM) and more are expected tomorrow when security staff at Stuttgart Airport (STR) are expected to join in the walkout.
Verdi said it has been negotiating with the BDLS aviation security association, demanding pay increases to offset the rising cost of living as well as pay differentials for night, weekend, and holiday shifts, with no breakthrough in sight. Negotiations between the union and management are expected to continue next week.
Confirm flights to CGN, DUS, HAM, and STR through at least the evening of April 21. Anticipate possible disruptions to freight routed through any of these locations. If possible, consider alternative arrangements for critical shipments.
Nationwide Rail Strike
In addition to the airport strikes, Germany’s EVG union has called for a nationwide transport strike on Friday, which includes national rail operator Deutsche Bahn. Significant disruption is expected as regional and long-distance trains grind to a halt.