Fraport AG, the operator of Frankfurt airport, Europe’s third-busiest, closed access for outbound passengers after strikes of security staff congested safety checkpoints.
“We kindly request that originating passengers no longer come to the airport, because they will have no possibility of getting to their flight,” the company said on its website.
Fraport said airlines canceled 74 flights today, most of them operated by Deutsche Lufthansa AG. (LHA) The company had planned to handle 149,000 passengers today, spokesman Dieter Hulick said, with just less than 60 percent of those being transfer passengers, who can get to the gates if their flight is still scheduled.
The remainder also includes inbound travelers largely unaffected by the strike, he said, declining to quantify how many passengers are being turned away. Ver.di union yesterday called upon about 5,000 security workers to join a protest for higher pay.
Wage disputes in Germany have increasingly lead to strikes at the airport, Lufthansa’s biggest hub. Ver.di union all but grounded the airline’s fleet in a fight for higher wages for ground personnel in April, and the carrier’s pilots are currently voting on a walkout that may occur next month.
Flights by British Airways, Aeroflot, and Air Berlin have also been canceled, while Lufthansa is replacing some domestic services with trains.
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