A pay strike by ground crew and cabin staff at Lufthansa is expected to cause big disruption at two international airports in Germany today.
The Verdi union, which represents 52,000 air industry workers, voted overwhelmingly for a walk-out after wage talks collapsed earlier this month.
The action will focus initially on the country’s largest airport in Frankfurt. The stoppage will then spread to the north German hub of Hamburg.
Union officials say the unlimited strike — the first in 13 years at Lufthansa — will affect all support areas, from catering and cargo to maintenance and repair staff.
Lufthansa management says it will have to see what impact the stoppage has before deciding how many domestic and international flights to cancel.