You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

400 Eurowings flights axed after walkout

dpadpa 27/10/2016

A strike by a Eurowings cabin crew union is expected to affect 40,000 passengers on Thursday as hundreds of flights have been cancelled.

Nearly three-quarters of Eurowings flights have been cancelled after the cabin crew of German carrier Lufthansa's budget airline walked off the job on Thursday.

Some 400 of the airline's 550 scheduled flights were cancelled as a result of the strike - organised by the cabin crew union UFO - which began at midnight Wednesday and was due to end at midnight Thursday.

Some 40,000 passengers were affected by the action, which was part of a dispute over salaries. Only 15,000 passengers were able to fly as planned, Eurowings said, adding that there were cancellations and delays at all of Germany's major airports except Frankfurt and Munich.

German media reported that the talks between UFO and Lufthansa had collapsed despite the fact that the airline had offered an average pay increase of seven per cent, but the union said that it had never received the offer.

Eurowings is offering customers free cancellations and changes to their booking.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon