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Security staff strike brings chaos to Frankfurt airport

By Victoria Bryan and Peter Maushagen FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A strike by security staff at Frankfurt airport caused nearly 50 flight cancellations and delayed thousands of passengers, bringing chaos to Europe's third largest hub on Friday, the busiest day of the week for travelers. Trade union Verdi had called on around 5,000 staff who carry out security checks on passengers, baggage and freight at the airport to strike for the entire day to push for their pay to be brought into line with counterparts at other German airports.

Chaos at Frankfurt airport as security staff strike

Passengers were advised Friday not to bother turning up for flights at Frankfurt airport because of a one-day strike by security staff. "We have asked passengers not to travel to the airport for now. As things currently stand, the legally required security checks cannot be carried out," a spokesman for airport operator Fraport told AFP. The spokesman said that in total 65 flights had officially been cancelled so far, out of a total 1,300 scheduled for the entire day.

Chaos at Frankfurt airport as security staff stage walkouts

Passengers were advised Friday not to bother turning up for flights at Frankfurt airport because of a one-day strike by security staff. "We have asked passengers not to travel to the airport for now. As things currently stand, the legally required security checks cannot be carried out," a spokesman for airport operator, Fraport, told AFP. The spokesman said that in total 65 flights had officially been cancelled so far, out of a total 1,300 scheduled for the entire day.

Chaos at Frankfurt airport as security staff stage walkouts

Passengers were advised Friday not to bother turning up for flights at Frankfurt airport because of a one-day strike by security staff. "We have asked passengers not to travel to the airport for now. As things currently stand, the legally required security checks cannot be carried out," a spokesman for airport operator, Fraport, told AFP. The spokesman said that in total 65 flights had officially been cancelled so far, out of a total 1,300 scheduled for the entire day.

Strike grounds 40 flights at Frankfurt airport

A strike by security staff at Frankfurt airport, Europe's third busiest, has so far led to the cancellation of 41 flights on Friday, an airport spokesman said. "Currently, 41 flights have been cancelled, both incoming and outgoing," the spokesman for airport operator Fraport told AFP. Further cancellations could not be ruled out during the course of the day, he added. "At the moment, we're doing OK with regard to punctuality. No delays have been announced yet," he said.

Union calls on Frankfurt airport security staff to strike Friday

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German trade union Verdi has called on security workers at Frankfurt airport to go on strike on Friday in a bid to push for higher pay, a move likely to cause widespread disruption at Europe's third largest hub. The airport employs around 5,000 people in areas such as security controls, freight checks and airport security and services, Verdi said in a statement on Thursday. The strike will begin at 0100 GMT and run until 2200 GMT, the union said.

Union calls on Frankfurt airport security staff to strike Friday

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German trade union Verdi has called on security workers at Frankfurt airport to go on strike on Friday in a bid to push for higher pay, a move likely to cause widespread disruption at Europe's third largest hub. The airport employs around 5,000 people in areas such as security controls, freight checks and airport security and services, Verdi said in a statement on Thursday. The strike will begin at 0100 GMT and run until 2200 GMT, the union said.

Frankfurt airport to be hit by strike Friday

Germany's largest airport, Frankfurt, is bracing for travel delays Friday due to a scheduled wage strike by security personnel, the airport's operator Fraport said. "Due to strike action planned by security staff for Friday, February 21, flight disruptions and cancellations are likely to occur at Frankfurt Airport," it said on its website. "Passengers are advised to check their airline's website and the traffic reports before travelling to the airport and allow extra time for their journey."

German court rejects airlines' suit for strike compensation

A German court threw out Monday a lawsuit by two airlines and the operator of Frankfurt airport for compensation from a labour union to cover losses incurred by strike action by some of its members last year. Frankfurt's labour court rejected an application from airlines Lufthansa, Air Berlin and airport operator Fraport for 9.2 million euros ($11.9 million) in compensation from the air traffic controllers' union GdF.
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