Berlin (dpa) – German airline Germanwings flight attendants began a three-day strike at midnight, kicking off a wave of industrial action from Monday that looks set to affect 180 flights over the New Year period.
The cabin crew union Ufo called for flight assistants to carry out the three-day industrial action from December 30 to the end of January 1.
Eurowings, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, has been regularly updating figures on the number of flights affected on its website.
Germanwings operates flights for Eurowings; about 30 out of Eurowings’ fleet of 140 planes belong to Germanwings.
About 15 per cent of Eurowings flights will be affected, a company spokeswoman told dpa. “Of the planned 1,200 flights during the strike period, over 1,000 will be operated,” she said.
Most of the flights affected are domestic, but some links to Austria and Switzerland will also be disrupted.
Regulations covering part-time work have been at the heart of the most recent dispute.
It is possible the strike could be extended, with the Ufo union warning that three days might not be long enough, in a letter to its members seen by dpa.