Eurowings flights affected as Germanwings cabin crew starts strike

Germanwings Airbus A319 operating on behalf of Eurowings. Photo: © BriYYZ

Flights at German low-cost carrier Eurowings are expected to be affected by a cabin crew strike at sister airline Germanwings.

The three-day labour action, called for by flight attendant union UFO, officially started on Monday at 12 am local time and will last until Wednesday, January 1st.

Germanwings and Eurowings are separate airlines. However, Germanwings exclusively operates flights on behalf of its sister company Eurowings, using ‘EW’ flight numbers. Both carriers are part of the Lufthansa Group.

Around 30 aircraft of Eurowings total fleet of more than 130 aircraft are operated by Germanwings. The percentage of cancelled flights will therefore remain low. 182 flights have so far been cancelled for this three day period, according to a ‘provisional special flight schedule’ on the carrier’s website. Almost half of them to or from Cologne-Bonn Airport, followed by Berlin Tegel, Hamburg and Munich. All suspended flights are domestic, with the exception of some operations between Germany and Zurich, Switzerland, as well as Vienna, Austria.

The union ‘UFO’ (Independent Flight attendant Organisation) recently announced that it would hold a strike at the Lufthansa Group before the end of 2019. It initially did not disclose which airline would be affected.

Last month, cabin crew members represented through UFO held a 48-hour strike at Germanwings’ parent airline Lufthansa.