Frankfurt airport strike to continue

2012-02-21 08:57
Frankfurt - Strikes at Frankfurt airport will continue until Friday, the GdF union said, resulting in more flight cancellations and delays at Germany's largest airport.

Just under 200 apron control workers, such as those who guide aircraft to parking places, are striking over a pay dispute with Fraport, which runs the airport.

German flagship airline Lufthansa has already cancelled hundreds of flights a day because of the walkouts which started on Thursday.

The latest walkout started at 04:00 (local time) on Monday and was due to continue until 04:00 on Wednesday. It will now be extended to 22:00 on Friday, the union said on Tuesday.

Frankfurt, Europe's third-largest airport in terms of passenger numbers, usually has around 1 300 flights per day.

The first two days of walkouts cost Fraport between €3.5m and €4m in lost revenues.

The airport operator has been running around 70-80% of flights by using staff from other areas of operations and has said it will not be forced to agree to what it terms "unreasonable" pay demands.

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