Airport security employees in Germany went on strike, after negotiations to raise wages faltered. Airlines were forced to cancel more than a thousand domestic and international flights at eleven major airports in the country, with a number of other flights delayed.
Security crews are considered necessary to check luggage and search passengers before they enter lounges and aircraft.
Fraport, the company that operates Frankfurt Airport, explained that it is currently not possible to board planes in Frankfurt, so many flights have been cancelled.
In addition to Frankfurt Airport, passengers planning to travel to and from 10 other airports in Germany last Thursday had to make alternative arrangements, as security employees at the airports of Hamburg, Bremen, Berlin, Leipzig, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Hanover, Stuttgart, Erfurt and Dresden went on strike last Thursday in order to raise their salaries.
The German airline Lufthansa advised passengers who had booked to travel from the affected airports not to go to those airports. Lufthansa called on its customers to re-book their flights themselves via the application or by contacting one of the service centers.
The company stated that it is possible for all passengers who booked flights to Frankfurt today to exchange their tickets for a ticket on one of the Deutsche Bahn trains. The company noted that transit passengers should be prepared to spend a longer period waiting and switching between flights.