A substantial number of planned flights were canceled at Frankfurt Airport on Tuesday morning as a result of a strike by airport security personnel.
Freight and passenger security personnel at Frankfurt Airport, Germany’s busiest, began a strike early Monday morning (1 a.m. GMT), according to a Verdi union representative who talked to reporters in the morning. Workers in the emergency transportation sector were spared from the walkout.
The strike is part of a contract dispute between Verdi and the German Federal Aviation Security Association (BDLS), which is taking place at the same time.
A new contract for around 25,000 security employees throughout the country is now being negotiated between the union and the employers’ association. There have already been three rounds of negotiations that have produced no results.
Staff strikes are also anticipated to take place on Tuesday in Hamburg, Stuttgart, and Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, among other cities. Employees at Munich International Airport, Germany’s second-largest airport, have been on strike since Monday afternoon.
On Tuesday morning, the Frankfurt Airport website showed that a large number of outgoing flights had been canceled. The airport operator, Fraport, has previously requested that customers wishing to board in Frankfurt refrain from traveling to the airport itself.
According to a Verdi representative, an emergency service has been established for travellers transiting via Frankfurt.
Other airports will be affected the next day.
As it turns out, with the strike action likely to continue on Tuesday, Frankfurt will not be the only airport that will be closed to almost all passengers on Tuesday. Indeed, the airports of Hamburg, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, and Stuttgart will be closed on March 15th, as will the security checkpoints (and, therefore, the outgoing passengers who originated at those airports).
This is mirrored in FlightAware’s statistics for tomorrow’s service, with cancellations already beginning to surface in the site’s database as a result of the change. At the time of writing, there were 27 departures and 15 arrivals recorded as canceled at Frankfurt International Airport.
Meanwhile, departures from Hamburg and Stuttgart were canceled on seven and three occasions, respectively. This number is sure to climb when more information about the breadth of the attacks becomes available.