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Ground staff: Warning strikes at Hannover and Düsseldorf airports on Thursday

Ground staff : Warning strikes at Hannover and Düsseldorf airports on Thursday

Air travellers are once again facing delays: Ground handlers temporarily suspend work at two German airports on Thursday due to wage conflicts. Morning air traffic is affected.

Passengers at Hannover and Düsseldorf airports have to prepare for delays and cancellations on Thursday. The Verdi union has called on employees of ground handler Aviapartner to go on warning strikes at both airports. The strikes are limited in time and affect only relatively few flights, as the airports emphasize.

At Düsseldorf airport, ground handlers are not to load any luggage or cargo from 3 a.m. to 11 a.m. According to the airport, the airlines affected include Lufthansa, Condor and Easyjet. The airport advises passengers to check with their airline about the current status of their flight and any changes to baggage regulations. In Hannover, Verdi has called on the Aviapartner ground staff to stop work from 5.00 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. and not to load any baggage. Seven flights were affected, said an airport spokeswoman for the German Press Agency on Wednesday. According to the airport, the destinations include two flights each to Amsterdam and Paris, and one each to Copenhagen, Warsaw and London.

For all other 26 flights during this period, the airport expects "no restrictions at all", as Aviapartner handles a significantly smaller proportion of flights, according to a spokeswoman. Hannover Airport also cooperates with Aviation Ground Services as baggage handler. Verdi is conducting wage negotiations with the ground handler Aviapartner. The union demands include the introduction of a Christmas and holiday bonus as well as better payment for night, shift and holiday work. Even after two rounds of negotiations, Aviapartner had not made anyoffer.

For the airport association ADV, the warning strikes exceed "every acceptable measure". In the past weeks, passengers and airports have been overtaxed by numerous strike actions. Verdi's short announcement period of less than one day was not fair, said ADV managing director Ralph Beisel.

(Original text: dpa Translation: Mareike Graepel)