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Around 300 flights arriving and departing from Berlin Airport were canceled on Wednesday. This is the first time since 2018 that such a large number of flights have been canceled due to a strike.
All passenger flights departing or arriving at Berlin’s Brandenburg Airport were canceled or rescheduled on Wednesday due to a labor strike.
Around 300 flights were scheduled to depart or land at Berlin Airport on Wednesday. Around 35,000 passengers traveling from Berlin Airport on Wednesday were affected by the strike.
“The airport company understands that no scheduled passenger flights will be able to depart or land from Berlin today in this situation,” an airport spokesman told Reuters news agency.
What about the affected passengers?
While airline officials have ‘rescheduled’ some flights on Thursday and diverted others to other airports such as Dresden and Leipzig, many passengers are also being sent by train.
This is the first time since 2018 that a strike has affected such a large number of flights in Germany.
What is the reason for the strike?
This strike of workers has been done on the issue of wages. Appealed by the Verdi Trade Union. The trade union is demanding a pay rise of €500 per month for airport workers and a 12 month collective agreement with ground handling services staff. While during the negotiations, the employers offered a longer term contract.
The head of German airline Lufthansa, Karsten Safor, criticized the strike. “A strike for a whole day as a warning strike is unusual in itself,” he said. The trade union says it estimates around 1,500 workers are taking part in the strike.