Air travelers on the German flagship air carrier Lufthansa got a rude awakening on Monday, as its pilots union, Vereinigung, went on strike in a two-day walkout, stranding thousands who were booked on its routes.
The airline cancelled close to half of all its scheduled flights, including its short-haul and continental flights. In Tallinn, flights from Tallinn to Frankfurt were cancelled Monday and today, and the morning flight from Tallinn to Frankfurt (LH855), has also been cancelled for Wednesday morning.
You can check the status of a Lufthansa flight at the airport by going here. Passengers whose flights have been cancelled can rebook free of charge to alternative flights through local Lufthansa representative (+372 686 8800 in Tallinn).
Vereinigung, which is walking out over retirement benefits, also held a 35-hour strike in October that affected flights to and from Tallinn Lennart Meri Airport.
The current strike affects more than 150,000 passengers. The talks between the airline and the union over its pension scheme collapsed on Friday. The pension scheme, which the union is fighting to keep, allows pilots to retire at age 55 and receive up to 60 percent of its base pay. The regular pension allowance begins at 65. The airline has offered a 5 percent rise in pay, but said it will no longer accept the early retirement period.