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Hundreds of Flights Cancelled in Germany as Airport Security Staff Held One-Day Strike

Hundreds of flights were cancelled in Germany on Tuesday, March 22, as security staff of eight different airports across the country held a one-day strike.

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The disruption at the largest airports of Germany has been caused due to a wage dispute between the Verdi trade union and the Federal Association of Aviation Companies, reports.

Verdi has been asking for airport security staff wages to be increased by adding at least one euro more per hour. In addition, the same has sked for better overall working conditions.

Since such requests were not being taken into consideration, Verdi called the strike in eight different airports across Germany – Berlin, Bremen, Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hanover, Hamburg, and Stuttgart.

Following the call, the Cologne/Bonn airport informed all passengers that they would cancel 50 of its 60 planned flights. Berlin and Frankfurt airports also cancelled tens of flights. In addition, some 100 flights were cancelled in Berlin, and around 110 other flights were cancelled in Frankfurt.

This was the second round of work strikes in German airports. The previous one took place on March 15.

The airports that participated in the one-day strike made sure to announce their decision to all of their passengers. Frankfurt Airport informed everyone through an official statement issued on Monday, March 21, that the airport would remain closed on March 2022.

“Due to a strike, the security check for passengers will remain closed all day today, March 22, 2022. Because the passengers cannot go through the security checkpoint, there will be no departures from Hamburg Airport today,” Hamburg Airport said on its official Twitter account on Tuesday.

Similar announcements were also made by other airports across Germany. Frankfurt airport advised all passengers to avoid going to the airport on March 22 as they would not be able to pass through the legally required security checks and get to their flights.

The strike lasted only one day, meaning that the airports are now operating as per usual. However, it has been noted that passengers might still ace operational delays and disruptions.

“The strike by security staff at FRA has ended. Nevertheless, operational disruptions and delays can still be expected. Passengers are advised to check the status of their flight with their airline or travel operator. We ask all affected passengers for their understanding,” Frankfurt Airport wrote on its official Twitter account earlier today.

The responsible authorities have now scheduled another round of wage talks for Thursday. Further information is to be made available as soon as a mutual agreement is reached.

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