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Frankfurt airport hit by fresh strikes

February 27, 2012

A display shows cancelled flights due to the strike by airport employees at Frankfurt airport. — AFP picA display shows cancelled flights due to the strike by airport employees at Frankfurt airport. — AFP picFRANKFURT, Feb 27 — Frankfurt airport, Europe’s third busiest, was hit with a fresh wave of strikes yesterday after pay talks with management broke down.

The latest action, which follows earlier strikes, got under way at 2000 GMT and was expected to last until 0400 GMT on Thursday.

Lufthansa announced the cancellation of 140 flights today, particularly short- and medium-haul journeys.

About 80 per cent of long-haul flights would not be impacted, the airline said.

Some 200 apron control staff — who direct aircraft in and out of their parking positions — have been striking since February 16. They want higher pay, increased bonuses and shorter working hours.

Talks with airport operator Fraport broke down on Friday, opening the path for a new strike. Fraport insists it had made concessions “on many points in the union’s extremely high demands”.

Frankfurt airport, Germany’s main hub, is Europe’s third busiest after London-Heathrow and Paris Charles de Gaulle. — AFP-Relaxnews