Sometimes, we feel like we run an airline advice site instead of a river cruise advice site – particularly this month, as strikes have repeatedly hammered both Air France and Lufthansa. Now, with the Air France strike wrapped up, Lufthansa’s pilot union has announced a strike scheduled for September 30th affecting long-haul flights to and from Frankfurt.
Pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit has announced their members will not operate any long-haul flights to or from Frankfurt Airport, one of Europe’s largest air transportation hubs, effective 0800-2300 Tuesday, September 30th. At current time, Lufthansa has published a list showing roughly 60 cancelled international flights, many of which are due to depart today and which have now been scrubbed.
Numerous North American cities are affected, including Vancouver, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston, New York, and Toronto. The strike has also cancelled flights further afar, to places like Tokyo, Mumbai and Dehli.
At this point, the strike is only scheduled to last a single day, but it’s worth noting that additional delays and cancellations could be felt throughout the week, as aircraft may not be in their proper locations to operate subsequent flights.
If you are scheduled to travel to Europe tomorrow on Lufthansa, the airline is allowing you to rebook your tickets. If you are scheduled to take a river cruise this coming week, it may still be possible to salvage all or part of your trip, depending how far in advance you were slated to travel.
Lufthansa is currently offering affected passengers the option to rebook within the same booking class for future travel provided:
- Tickets must be issue on/before 29.9.2014
- New date of travel must be on/before 31.12.2014
- Change of origin/destination and class of service/compartment is not permitted
- All other ticket conditions must be observed as per original ticket
We’ll continue to offer updates here on River Cruise Advisor as they become available.