Lufthansa, Fraport sue union over apron worker strikes

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Published: August 20, 2012

Lufthansa 747-400. By Rob Finlayson

Lufthansa (LH) and airport operator Fraport are suing Germany’s trade union GdF over a series of strikes in February by 200 apron workers, which cost tens of millions of euros in lost revenue and the cancellation of around 1,800 flights ( ATW Daily News, Feb. 28 ).

A LH spokesperson told ATW in Frankfurt: “We can confirm that we had filed a complaint with a court. LH [had] already announced in February after the strikes that we would be taking action.” The spokesperson declined to disclose the amount of damages demanded and if other carriers will also file a complaint.

However, several German media outlets have reported compensation damages of €10 million ($ 12.3 million). German magazine Spiegel , reported that German air traffic controllers’ authority DFS, Air Berlin and Condor have also filed complaints.

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