ISLAMABAD: The flights of Emirates and Etihad Airlines were cancelled at the three airports of the Germany as their security staff went on strike that affecting almost 640 flights and their up to 110, 000 passengers on Thursday.
According to an official statement on the Emirates website, Flight No. EK058 had been delayed and will now operate as Flight No. EK8058 on January 11, 2019. “Customers are being rebooked to their final destination and will receive the updated itinerary shortly. Customers can view their updated itinerary on the website, ” the airline said in a statement, Khaleej Times reported.
Etihad has also mentioned that flight EY-30, which was scheduled to operate from Dusseldorf to on January 10, has been cancelled.
The number of flights blocked was more than half the 1, 050 planned for Dusseldorf, Cologne-Bonn and Stuttgart.
Dusseldorf, the country’s third-largest airport, said in a statement that 370 of Thursday’s 580 planned departures had to be cancelled.
News agency DPA reported that the walkout, slated to last from 3: 00 am (0200 GMT) to midnight (1100 GMT), was expected to affect around 100, 000 travellers.
At Cologne-Bonn, where 131 of almost 200 flights were cancelled, union Verdi told DPA the security strike was also slowing freight handling.
Representing 23, 000 airport security staff across Germany, Verdi is demanding a pay increase to 20 euros ($23. 08) per hour from the present rate of 17 euros, or almost 18 percent.
Employers’ association BDLS meanwhile is offering increases of between two and eight percent.
Passengers’ first taste of the pay dispute came Monday, when Berlin’s two airports Tegel and Schoenefeld suffered “warning strikes” with around 50 departures cancelled. The next round of Verdi and BDLS negotiations will take place on January 23.