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Lufthansa passengers in for more trouble as strike continues

One of Wednesday’s two Lufthansa flights between Dubai and Frankfurt cancelled

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Dubai: A continuing labour dispute between German airline Lufthansa and its pilots continues to leave Dubai passengers in the lurch after strike action prompted the company to cancel some of its flights from Dubai International Airport scheduled for Wednesday.

Gulf News has confirmed that Lufthansa flight LH 630 is cancelled for Wednesday and that final word on the status of LH 631 was pending as of press time.

The cancellations are part of the grounding of 890 international flights from Germany on Wednesday following the strike action by pilots who are demanding a 3.66 per cent wage hike retroactive over the last five years.

Lufthansa is recommending that passengers visit (Book & Manage) to ensure that their contact information (mobile phone, email) so the airline can contact them about alternative flight options.

Following a multi-day work stoppage last week which cancelled Lufthansa’s two daily flights between Dubai and Frankfurt, passengers are being advised to check before leaving for Dubai International Airport to determine if their flight is still scheduled to operate.

It advised customers that alternatives were being taken.

“Customers whose flight is cancelled through the strike action may rebook (once) or cancel their flight free of charge. Customers also have the one-time option of rebooking free of charge if they hold a ticket for a flight with Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, SWISS or Brussels Airlines from, to or via Germany on one of the days affected by the strike,” the airline said in a statement sent to Gulf News.

“Lufthansa asks all customers to take the precaution of checking the status of their flight on before travelling to the airport. Lufthansa is also notifying all travellers who have provided contact information in their customer profile of any cancellations by email or SMS text message. The company has contacted some 250,000 customers directly via these channels so far.”