The low-cost subsidiary airline of Lufthansa has cancelled 70 per cent of its flights the morning because of a strike by pilots who are members of the Vereinigung Cockpit union, who are walking out over “transitional benefits for pilots”.
Germanwings said that 116 of its 164 flights between 6am and midday local time (4am-10am GMT) have not run, but that passengers affected by flight cancellations would be able to rebook or cancel their flight free of charge regardless of the fare originally booked.
This strike action involves only Germanwings pilots but it follows a three-day hiatus in April when pilots for Lufthansa and its Germanwings and Lufthansa Cargo subsidiaries, walked out.
Although many of the cancellations involve domestic routes, Germanwings flights from Britain to Germany have been affected.
The flight from London Heathrow to Cologne-Bonn airport, scheduled to leave at 9.05am this morning, was cancelled, as has the 9.10am to Berlin-Tegel. The 07.55 from Stansted to Hanover was cancelled.
From regional airports, the 8.35am from Birmingham to Berlin-Tegel did not run, and at the time of publication there was a 110 minute delay on the 12.25 from Edinburgh to Cologne-Bonn airport.
In response to a question on Twitter about if there would be strikes on Saturday too, a Germanwings staff member said that disruption could be possible and advised the user to check the status of their flight regularly.