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Air France and Lufthansa hit by strikes

Air France-KLM set to increase capacity for winter season

Both Air France and Lufthansa are preparing for separate strike action in their home countries, with both carriers cancelling numerous flights today (10 April).

Air France is set for a fresh round of strikes after facing two days of stoppages in the last few weeks. The airline says it plans to operate around 75 per cent of its scheduled flights, including 63 per cent of its long-haul services.

However, passengers whose flights haven’t yet been cancelled are being warned to expect the potential for further delays and cancellations. Air France says it recommends customers due to fly on 10 April should postpone their plans to avoid issues.

Meanwhile, the Verdi Union is calling for ground handling and support services staff – and in some instances, airport fire brigades – at Frankfurt, Munich, Cologne and Bremen airports to walk out today.

As a result, Lufthansa Group says it will cancel around 800 of the 1,600 scheduled flights, including 58 long-haul services. The airline recommends passengers arrive at the airport earlier than usual, while anyone due to fly has the option to change their flight for free within the next seven days.

Both airlines expect services to resume as normal on 11 April.

airfrance.co.uk; lufthansa.com

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