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Airport strike to delay German-UAE flights on Thursday

Dubai: Passengers travelling between the UAE and Germany on Thursday could face delays or even cancellations due to a strike by German airport staff.

Trade union Verdi has called for a walkout by ground staff, baggage handlers and maintenance workers at Germany’s major airports over a pay dispute.

A Lufthansa spokesperson said that its passengers travelling between the two countries are likely to face one to three hour delays but would not rule out the possibility of cancellations.

It is unclear how many airports will be impacted, however, Frankfurt and Munich, used by Emirates and Etihad, have warned of major disruptions and flight cancellations on their websites.

Emirates also fly to Dusseldorf and Hamburg. Etihad also flies to Dusseldorf and Hahn.

Emirates and Etihad did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hamburg airport has stated on its website that it does not expect significant delays on Thursday.

airberlin, Etihad’s equity partner, stated on Wednesday that it is unclear how its daily Berlin-Abu Dhabi flight will be affected.

European and German domestic flights are expected to feel the brunt of the strikes. Lufthansa has said it will cancel around 600 such flights.