Back again, German airport Security Strike
Friday, February 15 Unexpected today at 4 am Cologne - Bonn security workers never showed up for work. Strike likely to go on all day. Added to this the confusion of flight delays from yesterdays's strike. You, as planned by Verdi union are perhaps stranded for a second day. Possibly even another day by the time Cologne airport finishes back up of flights on Saturday. Fingers crossed it ends in Cologne.

February 13 2013 Yes, Air Berlin flights expected to be hit hard again tomorrow by German airport security strike. Strike to take place at Dusseldorf and Hamburg airports. Strike will start tomorrow 3 am and go on all day. Lufthansa flights also expected to be hit hard. See Hamburg airport strike page

It's time to plan. A strike will be called.
Book airport hotel at both start and end of your trip at the airport. Chances are car rentals will be hard to find. Do have a German visa, that way you won't get stuck in international arrivals sleeping on a cot, while everyone else sleeps in a complimentary hotel. Do research on which other airlines fly your route. Make sure you have all these and family phone numbers in your cell. Chargers in your hand luggage right?

January 30, 2012 Rumblings again today by union Verdi. Union reject offer from management. 
January 17, 2013 Confirmed today that Air Berlin will let go of 900 jobs, 10% of the work force. Will let go of gas guzzling planes and reduce fleet from 158 to 143. 
No news regarding a strike. Play safe choose another airline.

Old Stuff
Las years 2012 industrial actions 
3/27/2012 Baggage Handlers Across Germany on Strike 

Will last till 12:30 lunch time GMT. Air traffic controllers not involved.

Update:-Air Berlin pilots strike has been cancelled. German courts told them to go back to work. A temporary injunction. They will be back, issue not resolved.
Air Berlin pilots strike Wednesday, 
24 November, best call them asap. Remember, air traffic controllers strikes in France and Portugal this week. Trains will become fully booked. Car rental maybe difficult. Largest hub, Berlin Tegel Airport departures and arrivals.

Old Stuff
1, September, Air Berlin, Vereinigung Cockpit and management have seeded a deal. Strike threat averted. Your good to go along with Lufthansa Airlines.

5, August, Pilots back at it, Air Berlin and LTU threaten strike.  Talks are scheduled for 18,19 August and September, popular route to Mombasa maybe effected

4, March, 2010, Air Berlin strike called off. Pilots have agreed to more talks.  You squeezed by!

3, March, 10 Air Berlin threaten strike for three hours only. No date set.."Will be in the next coming days!"

In August 2007 Air Berlin took over LTU. LTU’s long-haul aircraft operate on routes to the Dominican Republic, the USA, Canada, the Maldives, Mallorca, etc. Latest news on Air Berlin/LTU such as staffing issues, pilots, go slow, layoffs, safety concerns, financial health, on time record  Will they strike or go bankrupt after I've bought my ticket and leave me stranded at the airport?  Ultimately do they look  reliable and still be in business in three months? Air Berlin employs more than 1,200 pilots, and fewer than half are represented by the union.  

6 September, 09 Air Berlin's subsidiary LTU from Dusseldorf flight attendants will strike Monday, 7 September, 09.  24 hours.  Expect flight cancellations.

8/31/09 Air Berlin 24 hour strike by some pilots today, five domestic flights cancelled and one long haul to to Egypt. Dispute was over pay and pilots were back to work the same night. Pilots looking for  11.7 percent raise, airline offering 3 percent. Air Berlin pilots earn less than those from LTU and have rejected an offer to partially make up the difference. 

6/17/09 Air Berlin:Verdi union declares cabin crew vote for strikes.  Possible any time. Air Berlin working hard to integrate LTU in with Air Berlin.

16 April, 2009 Thursday, Air Berlin, Europe's third largest discount airline pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit voted in favor of strike for higher pay.  No dates set.

March, 09  Pilot union Cockpit members voted by a 98.7 percent majority to strike.

February, 09 Negotiations between LTU pilots and employers  suspended. Both sides locked. 

January, 09 Negotiations between LTU pilots and employers begin, Vereinigung Cockpit union looking for a six percent in salary increase and regulate working hours.

2/24/08  Berlin's International airports on strike till 9:30 am. today effects most flights.70 flights in and out of Berlin’s two airports were canceled this morning. 65 arrivals and departures at Tegel Airport and six flights at Schoenfeld Airport were canceled or delayed. Passengers are trying to cancel or rebook their tickets

10/30/08  Air Berlin said the 120 DBA cockpit crew and 175 cabin crew would be offered a choice of buyouts or new contracts with the parent company

9/21/08 Fear of flying can be controlled, if not always overcome

8/1/08 Barcelona FC boycott airline for not speaking Catalan

European Union and Danish officials have named and shamed more online travel operators and airlines in an ongoing crackdown against misleading ads and rip-off consumer price schemes.

Helen Kearns, spokeswoman at the European Commission said Denmark's consumer ombudsman pointed to online ticket Web sites run by Ryanair, Air Berlin, Air Baltic, SkyEurope, Aer Lingus, Brussels Airlines and Seat24.

07/16/2008 PRICED OUT BY OIL
Cheap Airlines Are Losing Altitude
By Dinah Deckstein, Spiegelonlineinternational

6/18/08  Air Berlin Launches Efficiency Program

Morgan Stanley also downgraded Air Berlin Plc to ``underweight'' from ``equal-weight'' and cut its price estimate to 4 euros from 8.20 euros, sending stock of Europe's third-biggest budget carrier to the lowest since its May 2006 initial public offering.

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Air Berlin Strike, German airline strike.

​(We are asked often, if, Air Berlin will go bankrupt. Came across this site, not sure how old article is Macroaxis.
Air Berlin to move French base from Paris Orly to Paris CDG March 2017)

​Air Berlin will cease to exist 28 October 2017.

15 June 2017 Clearer information, just as to what is going on with this airline

​15 August 2017 Air Berlin called for bankruptcy protection today.  German government gives 150 million euros bridging loan, which will last for three months.

What's going on?
Berlin Tegel
Air Berlin and Lufthansa

Update:- It seems to be ground service workers Aeroground who work for Air Berlin. Go slow has now moved onto other airlines MorgenPost in German 

16 May 2017 For what seems like days Air Berlin flights from Tegel have been delayed. It’s not just a few it’s in the tens. 
Today, Tuesday 16 May 2017 so far 18 cancelled 132 delayed, tomorrow 2 cancellations planned already
Monday 15 May 2017 38 cancelled 269 delayed
Sunday 14 May, 2017 30 cancelled 268 delayed

All in all in the last week 129 cancelled flights and 1,496 delayed and
Lufthansa in the past week 68 cancelled and 1,542 delays.

Old news
Berlin Airport Strikes
Two thousand Ground Handlers Strike
Tegel Airport Strike   NOTICE UP
Schonefeld Airport Strike

World is watching
Also stay in touch with our  Berlin Airport strike page

Update:-Tuesday 14 March 2017 Yesterday 460 departures got chopped at Berlin Tegel Airport, Schoenefeld 143. Union behind strike action ver.di likely not to announce future strikes in advance blaming strike-breakers from yesterday. Ryanair had brought in own ground workers. Union did however state no further strikes before the end of the weekend. 
This leaves everyone wondering about travel on Monday the 20th.

Update:-13 March 2017 Strike has been extended till Wednesday 5am. Just great.

Update:-13 March 2017 Baggage handlers back on strike today, 25 hour strike. Monday 4am till 5am Tuesday. Union and management a mile apart on any agreement soon. As usual you know what to do. No luggage, get to airport early, call airport to see if you are leaving, although this maybe unreliable.

So far for tomorrow (10th) Air Berlin has cancelled 20 flights. 
Update:-9 March 2017 Berlin airports Tegel and Schonefeld ground handling In the news. Strikes to begin this Friday 4am and last till 5am Saturday.
Severe disruptions are expected, call your air carrier. Verdi union workers offered 8% over three years, union looking for 10% increase. Talks still going on. No notice on Air Berlin site
​Lufthansa does

First possible strike date Wednesday, 8th March.
Update:-Friday 3 March 2017 Union workers vote overwhelmingly for strike action. Verdi union meeting is to take place on the 7th when more information will be released. Worlds largest tourist expo in Berlin starts the 8th, 180,000 visitors. It’s getting more and more likely that your flight could be cancelled next week to Berlin’s Tegel or Schonefeld Airport.
Temporary workers can’t be used by law. Air Berlin expected to be hit hard.

Update:-Tuesday 28 February 2017 voting taking place today whether or not union workers, baggage handlers, check-in, and ramp workers at Schonefeld and Berlin Tegel Airports strike.
Ballot results due in this Friday, strike could start Saturday 4th March. Perhaps you need to know General Italian transportation strike, Finnish aviation unions and Air France strike action see

New Wednesday 15 February 2017 Yes, unions are back with strike action at both Berlin Airports. Union members, ground crews, will strike 3pm - 9pm local time, tomorrow Thursday 16 February, 2017.
Call your airline. Expect delays and possible flight cancellations. Can you come without luggage? Verdi trade union will meet with management on Friday for negotiations.

Recent Berlin Airport Strikes
Update:-Wednesday February 8, 2017 So far, flights cancelled 130. Air Berlin alone cancelled 60 flights. Flight marshals and plane re-fuellers joined in. Hamburg, flight crew, terminal bus drivers, cleaners and baggage handlers joined in. Passengers were asked to not bring luggage.

Announced today, Tuesday February 7.
Expect severe disruption, possible flight cancellations, tomorrow, Wednesday, 8 February 2017. Strike hours, between 5am and 11am (local time).
More talks planned for Friday, February 10th. This is considered a warning strike causing huge uncertainty.
Berlin airports
Stay in close contact with your airline, before you travel to your airport. 
We will be updating follow along

Air Berlin

12 January 2017 Air Berlin to be integrated into Lufthansa Airlines

6 November 2015 Hold on to your seat if you are flying with Air Berlin. Lufthansa flight attendants on strike for 7 - 8 days. See Lufthansa Strike

Old strikes from 2015
1 July 2015 For goodness sake see our front page for strikes in July!! Strikes out of Air Berlin hands

Old strikes for 2015
Update:-Wednesday evening 18 March - Unfortunately another strike has been added.
Lufthansa European and domestic flights.
Friday the 20th - hours 00.01 - 23:59
As per recents strike actions will not involve Eurowings and Germanwings.
Week-end passengers must be getting nervous.. Double whammy with the Italian air traffic control strike going on Friday.
Follow along Lufthansa strike


Old strikes for 2015
Update:-Good news. Deal has been offered, union members will vote on whether to take it or not. Results due in Friday the 13th, February. 

28 January 2014 Airport security strikes this week. Thursday, 29 January will see a 24 hour strike out of Cologne/Bonn and Dusseldforf airports Follow along with us Easy Travel Report
Old industrial actions for 2015
Hamburg Airport Security Strike
Announced today, 22 January 2015 Hamburg Airport security strike planned for Friday, 23 January 2015 between the hours 11am - 4pm. Get to the airport three hours early.

1 December 2014 Late yesterday Lufthansa airline pilots announced strike for today and tomorrow. Make sure you confirm your Air Berlin flight, thousands of passengers will be after it. Strike will not affect any Lufthansa subsidiaries. see Lufthansa strike You should perhaps know that DB rail is still in negotiations with two unions. Italy and Israel will have general strikes in December. Belgium is a mess all December Easy Travel Report
Old industrial actions for 2014
Sorry you will be flying into a German rail strike.

German Rail Strike
DB Rail Strike
Union GDL workers will strike from:-
2 am Thursday, 6 November 2014 
4 am Monday, 10 November, 2014
Millions of passengers will be hit hard. Longest rail strike ever. Long distant trains will be delayed.
Free helpline will be busy 08000 99 66 33

Old industrial actions.
Lufthansa Pilot Strike 2014
4, November 2014 Pilots are in negotiations and will not strike while in talks.

Announced today Sunday 19 October 2014 pilot's will strike tomorrow, long one:-
1 pm Monday 20 October, 2014 till
midnight Tuesday 21 October 2014 (local time)
Short-hauls. If you are flying on a A320, Boeing 737 or Embraer fleet you will be delayed, cancelled or brought forward Lufthansa strike page

19 October 2014 We have some air strikes you might want to know about that may effect your travel plans with Air Berlin.

EasyJet Strike and Tap Airlines
Italian air strikes and general strikes in Belgium and Morocco see ETR
German Railway strike issues still not resolved

Old industrial actions for 2014
DB Rail Strike
Has been extended into the holiday week-end.
18 October 2014 Strike started at 2am local time. Only a third of trains running. 30% of region and city lines. Hit hard long distant passenger services.
Strike will end 4am Monday. It will take long distant trains several hours to get back to normal.
Helpline 08000 99 66 33
---September, 10, 2014 Lufthansa airline pilot strike again.

Friday 27 June, 2014 A baggage handlers strike is due to end today at 6pm. Strike started yesterday 10am. Schoenfeld and Tegel airports effected. Go early to get through checkin. Make sure your luggage is clearly marked. Here's the only article i've found  BerlinerZeitung

Old industrial actions for 2014
17 March 2014 Heads up flights to France delayed today or even cancelled due to French air traffic control strike. French authorities ask airlines to cut flights to and from France by 20 - 30%.
Following day, Wednesday 19th March, French baggage handlers strike.
12 February, 2014 Strike at Dusseldorf Airport tomorrow by baggage handlers and check in staff between the hours of 4 am and 1:30pm. Call Air Berlin, chances are you will be delayed. See Dusseldorf Airport strike page.

Last year 2013 industrial actions

Thursday 20 June, 2013 Union announce they will give 12 hours advanced notice for any industrial action. Update today. Company ups offer to pilots. Strike action has been called off for now. Pilots still have to okay this deal.
Wednesday 19 June Nothing new from unions so far today.
Tuesday, 18 June Air Berlin announce mid week strike. Nothing on Air Berlin site this morning. Keep an eye on Air Berlin twitter feed and Berlin airport departures. We will be updating. Unfortunately the pilots union is not going to give time or date, just state shortly. No profit has been made since 2007.
Other airlines must be rubbing hands together. 
You better start planning your plan B. They will likely offer you a later flight, bring your flight up earlier, money back or change to different carrier. That's if airline management is given the heads up by the union. Although this union is likely to call a strike for early morning, let's hope it's only for a couple of hours here and there. Watch out for price gauging.

Old Industrial Actions
March 14 Here we go again. German airport security strike again starting tomorrow Cologne/Bonn airport and at Dusseldorf airport. Will last all day, expect hundreds of flights to be cancelled. More flier aggravation
next week, Tunisian airports will be closed due to strike. TAP Airline strike 21, 22 and 23 March. Possible UK customs strike.

Monday 11 March Another German airport security strike today
March 2014 Air Berlin to get much needed boost from Lufthansa strike. 800 million euro's in debt and desperate to merge. By law airline must stay mostly in European hands.
Friday, February 22, 2013 German airport security workers walked off the job again yesterday at Dusseldorf and Cologne Bonn airports. Strikes started at 3:30 am and went till 10am, in that short time, Cologne Bonn cancelled some 13 flights and 8 arrivals were cancelled. Dusseldorf 72 flights were cancelled, 136,000 passengers. 
Hopefully week-end won't be interrupted.
Wednesday, February 20 New German airport security strike at Hamburg airport. Stike will start 03:45 and last till 11PM.
February 18 If you are flying to Spain today with Airberlin, call them first. Spanish baggage handlers on strike, your flight might be cancelled. Announced today Air Berlin has signed a codeshare deal with Air Seychelles. Another 38 weekly flights will become available to Air Berlin travellers. You should also be on your toes regarding German security workers, no deal has been signed. 

Vereinigung Cockpit union

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