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Swedish passengers hit by Lufthansa strike

Swedish passengers hit by Lufthansa strike

Published: 07 Sep 2012 11:39 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 Sep 2012 11:39 GMT+02:00

Swedish travellers have found themselves among the estimated 100,000 people affected by the Lufthansa cabin crew strike, with flights canned from Arlanda, Landvetter and Copenhagen's Kastrup airport.

A number of flights to and from Sweden are cancelled, with many of them between Arlanda and Copenhagen, according to Swedavia.

At Arlanda airport in Stockholm, 12 scheduled take-offs and landings have been scrapped and a further eight in Gothenburg were cancelled.

“It is more extensive now, but these are destinations that can be reached with other flight companies,” said Henrik Kelfve, spokesperson of Swedavia to the TT news agency.

“As this is the third wave, we hope that the travellers booked on Lufthansa flights have taken note.”

While the situation may be dire according to affected passengers, Kelfve claims that it could be worse.

“Of course this affects us but if you look at how the situation is in Europe, this is very minor.”

The strike, which began in the middle of Thursday night, is estimated to affect 1,000 flights.

Lufthansa was slightly more optimistic on Friday morning, a spokesman saying:

"On average, there are 1,800 Lufthansa flights during a normal day; around half of these flights will take place."

SAS is raising its capacity to help stranded Lufthansa passengers.

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14:14 September 7, 2012 by azimuth
LOL are there people still flying by Lufthansa and SAS?!
14:55 September 7, 2012 by Nora
@Azimuth: why not?
16:07 September 7, 2012 by Twiceshy
SAS is pretty crappy, but Lufthansa is good (along with Swiss, TAP, Air France and a few others that still provide quality service).
19:48 September 7, 2012 by Abe L
SAS is fine for Intra-Scandinavian and European travel, they just lack longhaul capacity. Their flights are almost always on time and their frequent flyer program is excellent.

Hope Lufthansa fires the striking staff asap and gets new people on-board that do their job instead. Can't be hard with the current amounts of welfare recipients.
23:43 September 7, 2012 by AirForceGuy
I agree with your sentiments, Abe, but it takes a fair amount of time to train new flight attendants. Sadly, they don't realize how well off thay have it... to have a good-paying job...
01:10 September 8, 2012 by HelmiVainikka
#1: What Airline are you using?

#4 Lufthansa is not going to fire them because they cant. At least not because they are striking. There is some laws and twists that prevent LH from being able to do so. Their union (called UFO...lol) negotiated with LH, LH made an offer that UFO refused, things froze down and it led to this strike. Just today however they said that both UFO and LH are going to negotiate again and by strike law UFO is now under "peace order", meaning no more strikes and possibly this thing is getting sorted and resolved without any passenger noticing it once things have normalized.
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