Despite the school holidays, the union Verdi has announced a so-called ‘warning strike’ for Thursday at Hamburg Airport, affecting at least 30,000 passengers.
Baggage handlers, aircraft cleaners and bus drivers in the airport service downed their tools at 12.30pm. The strike was set to last until midnight.
The airport reacted with sharp criticism. “We consider the renewed strike irresponsible,” said a spokeswoman, pointing out that Thursday is a popular travel day and that around 30,000 passengers will be affected.
During the strike period, 114 departures and 137 arrivals are scheduled.
At least 48 departures and arrivals will be cancelled, a spokeswoman told the Hamburger Abendsblatt on Thursday morning. The airport confirmed this around noon in a tweet.