More than 400 flights were cancelled on Friday at Frankfurt airport from a walk out by apron controllers who guide planes in and out of parking slots.
The disruption is set to get worse as the union threatens to step up its action next week over wage demands. The operating company of Europe’s third largest airport has called for a return to the negotiating table.
One stranded passenger likened the situation to the UK. “It’s been a quite an unusual experience in Germany. I have been here many times on business and I have never experienced anything like this when I have been here before. So I have to say, it’s becoming more like the UK,” said Briton Karl Cocher.
In Spain pilots have said they will stage three further walk outs later this month. Their action grounded 110 Iberia flights on Friday in their dispute with management. They are angry at the creation of a new budget airline, Iberia Express.
The union claims the company has refused to appoint a mediator and the move to form the new airline is in breach of the merger agreement signed with British Airways in 2011.
Strike action brings flight chaos to Europe