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Frankfurt Airport Strike continues to this weekend

21st February 2012

The latest walkout started at 0400 GMT Monday and was due to continue until 0400 GMT Wednesday. It will now be extended to 2200 GMT Friday, the GdF union said on Tuesday.

Frankfurt, Europe’s third-largest airport in terms of passenger numbers, usually has around 1,300 flights per day. Flights do not take off or land between 2200 GMT and 0400 GMT due to a night flight ban.

Fraport said more than 80% of flights took off on Monday. It estimated 197 flight cancellations so far out of a total 1,200 scheduled for Tuesday, meaning around 84% of services could still run.

Lufthansa, which accounts for more than half of flights at Frankfurt airport, said it expected to cancel only about 160 incoming and outgoing flights on German and European routes on Tuesday, after about 200 on Monday. The number of cancellations will drop further on Wednesday to around 100.

All intercontinental flights will take place this week, it said. The airport operator has been running 70-80% of flights using staff from other areas of operations and has said it will not be forced to agree to what it what it said were “unreasonable” demands for pay increases of 50-70%.

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