Paris-based staff of Lufthansa (LH) are striking at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG) through Nov. 24. On Nov. 22 and 23, staff will strike 0700-0900 and 1700-1900. The work stoppage is slated to last all day Nov. 24, likely causing severe disruptions. As of Nov. 21, airline management canceled a number of scheduled flights between CDG and Dusseldorf (DUS), Frankfurt (FRA), and Munich (MUC) during the affected time periods. Expect delays and cancellations for both passenger and freight services.
Leaders of French unions called the industrial action over airline plans to outsource jobs to cut costs.
Contact Lufthansa to reschedule flights; confirm reservations before checking out of hotels. Expect protracted flight delays into Nov. 25 as the airline repositions aircraft and works through potential passenger and freight backlogs. Demand for seats on other airlines' planes will be high; book tickets with other carriers as quickly as possible for time-sensitive travel. Arrive at the airport well in advance of advertised departure times to allow for check-in and security screening delays. Plan accordingly for potential cargo disruptions and associated delivery delays.