• Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo departures at German airports are affected
  • 800 flights will be canceled tomorrow, Friday 2 September
  • Massive impact on flight operations in the middle of return season at the end of summer holidays in Germany and other European countries
  • Eurowings and Eurowings Discover flights are not affected

The strike announced by the pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) for Friday 2 September in the period from 00:01 to 23:59 hrs. (Central European Time) will have a massive impact on flight operations - in the middle of the main return travel period at the end of the school holidays in Germany and other European countries. Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo departures at German airports are affected.

Lufthansa has to cancel 800 flights at its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich for Friday, with single flights also being canceled as early as today, Thursday 1 September. An estimated 130,000 passengers will be affected, in view of the upcoming weekend, the end of the holidays in some parts of Europe. Lufthansa is working with joint forces to return its flight operations to normal status as quickly as possible. Nevertheless, the effects of the strike may still lead to individual flight cancellations or delays this Saturday and Sunday.

Eurowings and Eurowings Discover are not affected by the strike call and are scheduled to operate as planned. Passengers affected by cancellations will be informed immediately today and rebooked on alternative flights if possible.

Lufthansa Offer to Pilot

"We cannot understand VC's call for a strike. The management has made a very good and socially balanced offer – despite the continuing burdens of the Covid crisis and uncertain prospects for the global economy. This escalation comes at the expense of many thousands of customers."

Michael Niggemann, Chief Human Resources Officer and Labor Director of Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Lufthansa Group has presented an offer with an 18-month term, in which pilots at Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo will receive a total of 900 euros more in basic pay per month in two stages. An entry-level co-pilot will receive more than 18 percent additional basic pay over the duration of the agreement, while a captain in the final stage will receive five percent.

Know Your Rights

In case you have travel insurance yourself or through a credit card this might be the time to consult the fine print and see how it would cover you in case of trip interruption or cancellation. Be aware that many insurance providers might consider a strike as force majeure.

The European Regulation EC261 rule is a legislation that requires airlines such as Lufthansa to compensate passengers in the event of:

  • Denied boarding
  • Flight cancellation
  • Long delay of flights (three or more hours)

Under EC261 you may be eligible for compensation up to EUR 600 if your flight is delayed by more than 3 hours or gets canceled. AirHelp helps air passengers around the world secure compensation for delayed, canceled, or overbooked flights.

How to File a Claim?

AirHelp can help you if you have a flight disruption within the EU (on any airline), leaving the EU (on any airline) or arriving into EU (on a EU airline).

AirHelp can help you to determine whether you’re eligible for compensation and claims through the easy 1-2-3 steps on their website.