Strikes at German regional airports ground majority of flights

The majority of flights at Germany’s Duesseldorf and Cologne Bonn regional airports were grounded by a 24-hour strike by the Verdi trade union on Monday, the airports said.
The Duesseldorf airport on Monday said only 89 flights of a planned 330 were taking place while 29 were diverted to other airports and seven were rescheduled for the next day.
Of Monday’s usual 136 daily passenger flights scheduled for Cologne Bonn airport, only two were set to operate as scheduled.
It is the latest in a series of strikes and protests that have hit major European economies, including France, Britain and Spain, as higher food and energy prices knock incomes and living standards after the COVID-19 pandemic and war in Ukraine.
“If the employers continue to be obstructionist and do not present us with results, then the reaction of the employees here is clear,” a Verdi spokesperson said at Cologne Bonn airport.


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