Lufthansa canceled more than 1,000 flights today due to an all-day strike by ground staff, affecting almost all of the carrier’s operations to the former Yugoslavia, as well as Croatia Airlines services to Germany . More than 130,000 passengers were affected, Lufthansa said, adding that there may be some additional cancellations and delays on Thursday and Friday after the strike ends. The industrial action was launched by the Verdi union with the aim of obtaining a wage demand of 9.5%. In total, some 80% of the airline’s flights were canceled today. Staff shortages have already forced Lufthansa and its subsidiaries to cancel hundreds of flights this month.
Lufthansa’s biggest market in the former Yugoslavia over the summer – Croatia – will today see more than twenty flight cancellations from nearly every major city. In addition, its Star Alliance partner Croatia Airlines was also forced to cut services to Germany, with its planes being managed by Lufthansa in Frankfurt and Munich. Overall, Lufthansa has canceled three of its return flights to Zagreb, two to Split, Dubrovnik and Zadar, as well as one return service to Pula and Rijeka. On the other hand, Croatia Airlines was forced to suspend five return flights from Zagreb, two from Split and one from Dubrovnik. A total of 38 flights were canceled today between Croatia and Germany.
In Serbia, Lufthansa has canceled all but one of its scheduled operations to Belgrade, including two return flights from Frankfurt and a return flight from Munich, although a service from the Bavarian capital will operate to Belgrade, but not the return flight. Air Serbia will maintain service today between Belgrade and Frankfurt, as well as to other German cities, including Düsseldorf, Berlin and Stuttgart. Wizz Air plans to operate its flights from the Serbian capital to Dortmund and Hamburg. In Ljubljana, Lufthansa canceled all services for today, including two return flights from Frankfurt and one from Munich. Likewise, its service between Frankfurt and Sarajevo was also canceled today. Wizz Air’s operations from the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Hamburg, Cologne and Dortmund are expected to operate according to schedule. The German flag carrier has no scheduled flights to Tivat today, nor is Air Montenegro operating between Podgorica and Frankfurt on Wednesday.