Lufthansa has been forced to cancel 1,300 flights after the major airline lost a last-minute legal bid to stop a strike by cabin crew staff.
The strike is to last 48 hours and came into effect at midnight, last night. The two-day action is expected to impact around 180,000 passengers while the Lufthansa cabin crew union, UFO, said the strike would hit all Lufthansa flights from German airports.
Times of Malta reports that an afternoon flight from Malta to Frankfurt was cancelled as the plane did not leave Frankfurt due to the strike.
It also reported that a flight from Malta to Munich, which is code-shared by Air Malta and Lufthansa, will continue as scheduled.
The cabin crew dispute stems from a dispute over work conditions and wages.
Flights by Lufthansa’s other airlines, such as Eurowings, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines are not affected, the airline said.
BBC reports that Lufthansa cancelled 700 flights on Thursday and 600 flights on Friday, amounting to around one-fifth of planned flights within the 48-hour period.
Lufthansa has said passengers travelling between German airports can exchange their tickets online for rail tickets. Other passengers will be offered alternative flights.