German Air Traffic Controller strike 2018
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Update:-13 March 2017 Strike has been extended till Wednesday 5am. Just great.

Update:-13 March 2017 Flights from effected by - Berlin baggage handlers back on strike today, 25 hour strike. Monday 4am till 5am Tuesday. Union and management a mile apart on any agreement soon. As usual you know what to do. No luggage, get to airport early, call airport to see if you are leaving, although this maybe unreliable. See our front page for info and links Easy Travel Report

Announced today, Friday 22 April, 2016 workers at Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, cologne-Bonn, Dortmund and Hanover airports will strike Wednesday, 27 April, 2016. Carefully orchestrated strike times. Lufthansa likely to take brunt of strike action.
Striking workers from Verdi union will include, ground handlers, check in staff, engineers and air traffic controllers, fire department.

Strike notice states
Frankfurt Airport Strike:- Start of shift till 3pm. Firemen striking at 8am. That would suggests airport will be closed. Demonstrations around Frankfurt Airport are planned - i.e. roads blocked to terminals.

Munich Airport Strike:- All workers throughout the day. New terminal open today.

Cologne/Bonn Airport Strike:-Firemen and baggage handlers plus other ground workers 00:00 - 24:00. 

Dusseldorf Airport:-3am to 2pm Terminal services, bus services amongst others.

Dortmund Airport:-Ground services from the start of shift.

Hannover-Langenhagen Airport:- 4:30 am - 3 pm ground handlers, admin and technology.. (is this the air traffic control?)
We will update as the news comes in Do email us any tips.

More talks planned 28 and 29 April, 2016. 

This strike may effect local public transport workers, check your rail or bus driver is working.

Verdi union is looking for a 6% pay raise for it’s union members.

Likely to be the first of many strikes through out the summer. Perhaps change your flight for the day before. You will be delayed, cancelled or brought forward. 

Pay attention to the news as German journalists threaten strike action. No date set, but you can play your cards that it will likely coincide with a transportation strike.

Knock-on effect - will cause domino effect around the network worldwide. 
Are you coming from a non EU country? Don’t get stuck in German international arrivals terminal. Have a German visa so you can stay in a hotel instead of a cot in the terminal.

Lastly Belgium air traffic control are still playing up - controllers calling in sick. Charleroi and Brussels airport. French air traffic control strike 28 April and Greece new strikes on the horizon for this and other strikes that will annoy you to no end

Old strikes that effected traffic at German airports in 2015

7 September 2015 It's not air traffic control its:-Lufthansa pilots back on strike tomorrow from 8am - midnight. Strike will effect only long-hauls and cargo flights this time.  Follow along with us 

Old strikes for 2015
Wednesday, 20 May 2015 Found this little snippet in a Reuters article "European air traffic labour including Germany’s GdF met in Brussels to discuss whether to take industrial action to protest against cost cuts".
You might also need to know that the nineth German rail strike started today and 2/3 of rail routes have been canceled.
Tuesday 17 March, 2015 It's not German air traffic control on strike it's Lufthansa on strike and as expected has been extended to Thursday. Again 24 hours long and it will hit the long-hauls and cargo flights Lufthansa strike
German Airport Security Strike
(not air traffic controllers)
Yes, deal is in the works but not for Hamburg, Stuttgart and Hannover airports. 24 hour strike planned at these airports Monday 9 February, 2015. Follow along with us Easy Travel Report
Update:-Deal has been offered, union members will vote on whether to take it or not. Results due in Friday the 13th, February. 
Update:German air traffic controllers will have hands full again with Lufthansa Airline pilot's.
Lufthansa pilot strike planned, Tuesday, 
October, 2014 
Lufthansa Strike page

28 March 2014 German pilots for Lufthansa and Germanwings airline announce strike dates 2 - 4 April. May we remind you that the German airport security issue has not been resolved. Flights to Lebanese flights to Beirut will be delayed on 1 April 2014 due to air traffic control strike 10 - noon.

​Update:-26 March Hamburg airport international flights will be going. Lufthansa cancels 600 flights. Civil servant strike spreads to other German airports. 

Update:-25 March 2014 Email sent out by Verdi union at 7:30am today. Civil Servants strike, 53,000 workers. Airport workers strike has now spread to Munich Airport, Cologne/Bonn Airport, Dusseldorf Airport, Hamburg Airport, Stuttgart and Hannover Airports. Strike is Thursday, 27 March, 2014. 
Strike will start early am and go till 2pm. Call your airline. Despicable. Germany has to change these laws.
​Air traffic will not be back to normal till Friday afternoon. (Will Lufthansa pilots call strike for this week-end? Pulling a double whammy?) Public transport workers across the country are also joining in. See what Fraport has to say refresh.

23 March 2014 German air traffic controllers will have their hands full Thursday, 27 March 2014 due to German civil servant strike. No times or length of strike has been made public yet. Follow along with us at Frankfurt Airport Strike.

Lufthansa pilot's have also voted for strike action. Pilot union will give 48 hours notice. Follow along with us at Lufthansa pilot strike

Old industrial Actions
​20 February 2014 Frankfurt airport security strike tomorrow. Call your airline and confirm your flight
Frankfort airport security strike

12 February 2014 Wildcat strike by Aviapartner baggage handlers strike tomorrow out of Dusseldorf
Dusseldorf Airport Strike

5 February 2014 You should know that German air traffic controllers will be under stress next month if airline strike goes ahead.  Lufthansa and Germanwings pilots are being balloted for strike action. Results due out March 21. Perhaps strike action for April?

24 January 2014 German air traffic control strike has been cancelled, but other countries air traffic control will still strike.

18 January, 2014 German air traffic controllers will only strike for one hour, 29th January, 7-8am only.

17 January, 2014 German air traffic controllers will join in a Pan European air strike. See Easy Travel Report
German air traffic controllers will strike on the Thursday, 30th, no times given yet. Not a good day to be flying around, to and from Europe that week. Call to change your flight before everyone else does.

2013 industrial actions

              German Airport Security Strike

Not Airport Security this time.
Lufthansa airline strike

Update:-Saturday, 20 April 2013 Lufthansa trying to get strike deemed illegal. Expect massive cancellations and delays, 1,700 flights to be cancelled. Germanwings not to be effected follow along with us at Lufthansa strike page

Friday, 19 April 2013 Lufthansa airline strike, 24 hours, Monday, 22 April, 2013. Long-hauls should leave, will effect domestic and European flights. Airline will announce cancellations on Saturday evening. Involves Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart, Hannover, Dusseldorf and Cologne/Bonn Airports. Berlin Airport will strike in the morning till 2:30pm. Website will also be closed.
March 20, 2013 No no it's not air traffic controllers it's Lufthansa baggage handlers strike.
March 14, 2013 Here we go again. German airport security strike again starting tomorrow Cologne/Bonn airport and at Dusseldorf airport. Will last all day, expect hundreds of flights to be cancelled. More flier aggravation
next week, Tunisian airports will be closed due to strike. TAP Airline strike 21, 22 and 23 March. Possible UK customs strike.

Monday March 11, 2013 German airport security strike, Dusseldorf Airport
March 8, 2013 Cologne Bonn security strike again today, started at 4am, some 50 flights cancelled. German police step in as security agents. Likely to go on till late at night.
Friday, February 22, 2013 German airport security workers walked off the job again yesterday at Dusseldorf and Cologne Bonn airports. Strikes started at 3:30 am and went till 10am, in that short time, Cologne Bonn cancelled some 13 flights and 8 arrivals were cancelled. Dusseldorf 72 flights were cancelled, 136,000 passengers. 
Hopefully week-end won't be interrupted.
Friday, February 22, 2013 German airport security workers walked off the job again yesterday at Dusseldorf and Cologne Bonn airports. Strikes started at 3:30 am and went till 10am, in that short time, Cologne Bonn cancelled some 13 flights and 8 arrivals were cancelled. Dusseldorf 72 flights were cancelled, 136,000 passengers. 
Hopefully week-end won't be interrupted.
Back again. New German airport security strike starting Wednesday, February 20, 2013 Hamburg Airport. Will last till late in the evening.
Friday, February 15, 2013 Unexpected today at 4 am Cologne - Bonn security workers never showed up for work. Strike likely to go on all day. Added to this the confusion of flight delays from yesterdays's strike. You, as planned by Verdi union are perhaps stranded for a second day. Possibly even another day by the time Cologne airport finishes back up of flights on Saturday. Let's hope it ends in Cologne.
February 13, 2013 German airport security strike again tomorrow at Dusseldorf and Hamburg airports. Will start at 3 am and last all day. Happy Valentine Day! Lufthansa and Air Berlin expected to be hit badly. See Hamburg Strike page

January, 24, 2013 Dusseldorf and Bonn/Cologne airport security strike again today.  Call ahead if possible.  Be prepared for flight to be cancelled or delayed.  Will ripple around the network.  Lufthansa expected to be hit hard.
If caught in international transit terminal and you don/t have a German visa, expect to sleep on a cot tonight in the airport, other passengers will have to be put up in hotels.

18 January, 2013 Airport security issue back in the news today. Airport security workers never showed up for shifts today at Hamburg Airport. Only one of the 20 security isles working. Airport telling passengers to be prepared to miss flight or have it cancelled. A foot of snow has also caused cancellations across Germany today adding to the mix. Security earn 11.80 euros ($15.73) and want a raise to 14.50 euros. Call airport before you leave the house.  Lufthansa flights hit especially bad, strike will last from 4am to 11pm Follow along here at our Hamburg Airport page
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German Flight Attendants Union UFO
Fraport Communications Toll 01 805 372 46 36
 from abroad +49-1805-372 46 36
Lufthansa 01 805-805 805 .14 euro from a landline and from your mobile .42 euro.

10 December, 2012 Wildcat strike today by German airport security workers. Lufthansa canceled 90 flights.  Strike was anywhere from 6-9am, worst back up was Cologne/Bonn and Baden-Baden/Karlsruheas. Frankfurt was not effected at all. Also figured into this mess was delays due to bad weather. German government has to do some changes in the law about these wildcat strikes. Even Spain has to give a weeks notice by law.
Old news
4 September 2012 Lufthansa flight attendants strike has nothing to do with these fellas. This is where the action is!
22 March 2012 Unions for German airport ground workers have sealed a deal. Alleluia. 
Update Air traffic control strike for tomorrow is deemed illegal, no strike by German ATC tomorrow.
Tuesday 28 February 2012 German air traffic controllers will strike tomorrow at Frankfurt International airport only from 0400-1000 UTC. Lufthansa airline trying to get a court injunction. If not expect severe delays and cancellations, will take several few hours to get back to normal.

25 February Back again negotiations between union GdF and Fraport regarding Frankfurt International airport workers have failed. New strike now planned from Sunday 26 February, 2012 8 PM till Thursday 1 March 4 AM.
(I am going out on a limb here.  GdF union will eventually get annoyed at paying the 200 or so workers salary (on the other foot for a change). Yes this is a wealthy union but you know this will irritate them sooner than later. I suspect they will then recruit other airports to join in as management is not going to budge)

Update:- Sunday 19 February, 2012 Industrial action Frankfurt airport workers will strike again tomorrow Monday 20 February, 2012 for 24 hours. It's possible your flight maybe cancelled or diverted. Call your airline or travel agent.

Frankfurt Airport only to be effected. German air traffic controllers on strike tomorrow Thursday, 16 February, 2012. Not so bad now. Hours are from 2 PM - 9 PM GMT. Bring a book, call your airline. Still a major pain in the neck. Lufthansa Airlines to be hit hard. Check our front page for updates. 

Remember last August strike threat by German air traffic controllers union  that never came about but led airlines to cancel and re-route flights? Air Berlin, Lufthansa and Ryanair are suing the union for damages 

​Strikes from 2012
13 October 2012 Deal has been rejected by union.
Wednesday 12 Oct. 2011 Deal has been made 5.2% pay raise in two parts. Union to meet on Friday to give the thumbs up. 

11 October Tuesday ATC reject new pay offer. Talks are still on for tomorrow.

Update for Monday German air traffic controllers mulling over new pay offer. Talks now planned for Wednesday instead of a strike.
Monday 10 Oct. German air traffic controllers union promise to give 24 hour notice. Expect a 9 hour strike. On the other hand a strike could be regional or nationwide or all day.

Sunday 9 October On Lufthansa site today. Flight disruption to be expected on Monday afternoon in Germany. Due to ground employees meetings at several German airports flight disruption are expected on Monday afternoon.

Saturday, 8 October 2011German air traffic controllers back in the news today. Negotiations have failed. Earliest legal possible strike is Wednesday 00.01 hrs. We will keep you posted. On another disturbing note Verdi union members for German ground personnel at Frankfurt International will meet Monday to discuss job security. This will rumble to all German airports, Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin Tegel and Schonefeld, Hanover and Hamburg. One possibility change your booking to fly in/out of a bordering country. Poland, CZ republic, France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Denmark, Austria and Switzerland. Just make sure the flight doesn't originate from Germany. 

9 August 2011 You got lucky. German air traffic control strike is CANCELLED AGAIN! Results of mediation discussions came too late for some airlines. German air-navigation agency Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH have agreed to mediation with the Gewerkschaft der Flugsicherung union.  40 flights out of Frankfurt were cancelled. Dozens of flights were bought forward. Some long hauls were cancelled. Parties will now be involved in meetings for the next four weeks. Airlines may try and get compensation from German union.
Update for today. You never know your luck issue back in courts.
8 August German ATC strike is on for Tuesday 9 August 4am to 10am. German air space will be closed down, all flights will be grounded. It's possible your flight could not go out till tomorrow, call your airline.  Strike will ripple across international network of flights. Hopefully DB will put on additional trains.
7 August Sunday After a week-end of flight delays, news of  strike for this week possible
We suggest if flying in or out of Germany this week book a hotel at the airport for just incase. You can always cancel later in the day.
4 August Union meeting again today, deciding whether to strike or not next week. They only have to legally give 24 hours notice for industrial action. Airlines looking to lash out at German ATC union for just "the mention"of a strike sends passengers and airlines in a turmoil. 
Spain comes to mind last year. What's that old saying "What goes around comes around"

3 August 2011 Update:- German air traffic control strike cancelled. Judge deemed it illegal. Union can appeal to a higher court.
3 August A judge will decide later today if the strike is legal or not.

2 August German air traffic controllers may strike this Thursday 4 August for six hours 0400 GMT until 1000 GMT. Will effect all airlines and know doubt take a day to get back to normal. Call your airline. Last time they threatened strike a hired car was hard to find.
Check back with us, you never know perhaps it will be cancelled.
Germany’s air traffic control authority has some 6,000 workers some 3,400 belong to the GdF union. Negotiations stalled, union looking for a 6.5% pay raise. Management offering 4.1% over two years. 95% of workers voted for industrial action. Average starting out pay for Air Traffic Controller earns 120,00 Euro's/$130,000

Last time
28, April, 2010.  ATC's formalized contracts today.

Update:-16, April, 2010 German air traffic controllers signed a "preliminary" agreement not to strike. Will sign a deal by 28, April.

13, April, 2010 GdF union leader Bernd Bockstahler told AP today walkouts could begin as early as Monday. Exact timing and the scale of the walkouts would be announced with 24 hours notice.
He hinted that the strike could begin at one or two mid-size airports,  (Stuttgart?) disrupting air travel but not paralyzing one of the biggest hubs such as Frankfurt or Munich.

10, April, 2010, Traveling in and out of Germany?, Via  International airports, Frankfort and Dusseldorf? German air traffic controllers threaten strike.

Union GdF say talks with German air traffic control company Deutschen Flugsicherung, or DFS have broken down. No date is set for a walkout, yet. More talks due this Monday, 12, April. GdF union only has to give a 24 hour strike notice and German law states that a quarter of air traffic must fly. 

All German air space will be effected. Airports,Munich, Hamburg, Cologne/Bonn, Berlin, Schonefeld airports. Eventually affecting all  international travel world wide.

German air traffic controllers earn on average 72,000 to 13,000 euros per year.

9,400 euros (12,500 dollars) a month,  26 to 36 hour work week.

Who knows if this is possible. If you have to absolutely positively have to be in/out of Germany, why not change your flight to one of Germany's bordering countries ie:-Denmark, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland,  France, Luxembourg, Belgium or The Netherlands? 

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Gewerkschaft der Flugsicherung union
(GdFfor German air traffic controllers. 
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DFS, based in Langen, near Frankfurt, operates five navigation centers and control towers at 16 international airports and nine regional bases.
A strike by air traffic controllers from 0400 to 1000 GMT for example will effect 3,000 domestic flights and 400,000 passengers. Last minute meetings can go into the night. Cockpit pilot union will sometimes announce strikes after 5pm. Flights will be bought forward, long hauls maybe cancelled. Lufthansa codeshare with Air Canada.

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