Frankfurt airport strike called off

Frankfurt airport strike called off

Five days of strike action at Frankfurt airport was called off last night (Wednesday) after the union involved agreed to new pay talks for 200 workers.

The walkouts by ground crew who guide aircraft to parking positions at Europe’s third largest airport began last week and were due to continue until the weekend.

The GdF union said it would end the strike at 9pm last night and hoped to start new talks with airport operator Fraport today.

Movement to try to resolve the dispute came as Fraport wrote to the union, proposing new talks without preconditions, but only if the strike was called off.

More flights may have to be cancelled today as aircraft are out of position, Fraport said.

More than 1,000 flights have been cancelled since last Thursday, the vast majority of them by Lufthansa, which mostly suspended European services from Frankfurt to give priority to long haul flights.

Lufthansa accounts for more than half of flights at the airport. It said the first four days of the strike have so far cost it a high double-digit million euro sum in turnover.

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