Lufthansa, Fraport Sue Union Over Strikes

August 20, 2012

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Lufthansa and airport operator Fraport are suing German union GdF over a series of strikes by airfield workers at Frankfurt Airport in February, the companies said.

The strikes by apron staff, who guide planes in and out of parking positions at the airport, resulted in the cancellation of around 1,800 flights, costing Lufthansa tens of millions of euros in lost revenue and leading Fraport to cut its estimate for passenger number growth.

The two companies said they had filed a complaint with a court in Frankfurt last week, but declined to give the amount of damages being sought.

German magazine Spiegel, which said the German air traffic controllers' authority DFS and airlines Air Berlin and Condor had also filed complaints, said the total amount being demanded in compensation was EUR€10 million (USD$12.3 million).

The legal action comes after Lufthansa, Air Berlin and Ryanair failed last week in a bid to claim EUR€3.3 million from the GdF, which mostly represents air traffic control staff, over threatened strikes by tower staff last summer.