Air travelers in NRW must expect flight cancellations, delays and longer waiting times on Friday. Verdi has called for warning strikes at Düsseldorf and Cologne/Bonn airports. Passengers should inquire in advance with the airlines and tour operators.
Hundreds of flights are expected to be canceled this Friday at the two largest airports in North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf and Cologne/Bonn, due to warning strikes. The Verdi union has called on employees in passenger control, personnel, goods and freight control as well as public sector employees to go on all-day warning strikes. Collective bargaining is conducted for both groups of employees.
Passengers should expect delays, longer waiting times and flight cancellations at the two airports on Friday, the union said. The two airports advise passengers to check the status of their flight with their airline or tour operator before arriving at the airport.
According to the airport, two thirds of the flights at Cologne/Bonn Airport are expected to be canceled on Friday. About 100 of the originally planned 148 take-offs and landings of passenger aircraft could not take place. In addition, there could be further cancellations or diversions of flights. Düsseldorf Airport wants to maintain emergency operations. According to an airport spokesman, a large part of the originally planned 391 take-offs and landings will probably fail. The number won’t be known until Friday.
According to the union, the warning strike at Cologne/Bonn Airport will begin on Friday night due to shift work. It only ends in some areas in the early morning hours on Saturday. In Düsseldorf, the warning strike begins early Friday morning and also goes until the early hours of Saturday morning.