20 Feb '12, 7pm

Strikes at Frankfurt airport extended until Wednesday

FRANKFURT: Striking workers at Frankfurt airport are extending their stoppage until Wednesday in a bid to turn up pressure in their pay dispute, unions said on Monday. Following two days of warning strikes last week, the GdF union for air traffic workers said that a third round of stoppages, originally planned to run for 24 hours from 0400 GMT Monday, would now be extended to 48 hours due to the intransigence of airport operator Fraport. Fraport, for its part, said that although 240 of a total 1,250 flights were cancelled Monday, it had been able to ensure around 1,000 flights, or more than 80 percent. "Despite the strike ... activity at Frankfurt airport is functioning at a good level of punctuality," the company said, adding that it was successfully ensuring intercontinental connections. It said it expected similarly "good figures" for the 1,200 flights scheduled on Tues...

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