Eurowings pilots’ strike affects tens of thousands of passengers

The pilots of Eurowings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, began a three-day strike, affecting around 30,000 passengers.

As a result, most Eurowings flights to and from Zurich were cancelled, i.e. around 250 flights, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

The union wants the carrier to ease the pilots’ workload through measures such as increased rest periods. Meanwhile, on the other hand, last week Eurowings warned that the demands put jobs at risk.

On the first day of the strike, the airline said around 240 out of 488 flights were canceled at airports in Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin and Stuttgart, affecting around 25,000 passengers.

In addition, the same plans to cancel a similar number of flights on Tuesday and Wednesday. Thus, the departure will end at 23:59 on Wednesday.

On October 17, via a post on Twitter, Eurowings said that despite the announced strike, it would carry around half of its guests on October 18 and 19, warning them to stay informed of the status of their flight.

Due to the employers’ insufficient offer regarding the collective labor agreement, the Cockpit Union had also called on Eurowings pilots to stop working from midnight Sunday to Wednesday. At the same time, Eurowings criticized the strike as disproportionate and irresponsible.

On Sunday October 16, the pilots of SWISS International Air Lines (SWISS), also a subsidiary of Lufthansa, voted in favor of a strike over working conditions if management does not come up with a better deal by next week.

However, this is the second time in a fortnight that Eurowings pilots have gone on strike.

During the first strike, which took place on October 6, about half of all flights were canceled.

As a result, tens of thousands of passengers had to change flights, take trains or postpone their journeys. In addition, seven flights to Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Cologne were canceled in Zurich.

Previously, SchengenVisaInfo.com reported that according to the official Eurowings website, all passengers whose flights have been canceled have the right to choose between re-routing. However, they can also claim compensation.

Based on EU Regulation 261/2004, a passenger must be compensated with €200 for flights of less than 1,500 km. According to the same regulation, passengers must be compensated with €400 for flights between 1500 km and 3500 km and €600 for distances over 3500 km.

In addition, the reimbursement of travelers will be made in cash, money order or bank check, electronic bank transfer, or, with your signed agreements, travel vouchers or other services.

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