Fantastic. On the eve of my first visit to the gargantuan Automechanika show in Frankfurt, Lufthansa cabin crew have decided to go on strike. And, of course, I’m flying Lufthansa.
I canâ€™t begrudge them wanting a five percent pay increase, and I suppose if you want to get your point across you need to take advantage of big events like unions did in the UK with the Olympics.
Still, itâ€™s bloody annoying. I could jump up and down and demand â€˜do you know who I amâ€™, but the chances are they donâ€™t and wouldnâ€™t much care if they did.
So, Lufthansa might have offered 3.5 percent to the crews, but it hasnâ€™t helped to prevent three strikes in eight days.
Todayâ€™s is the biggest so far. It runs for 24 hours, has seen two thirds of flights cancelled (up to 1200) and is causing complete chaos at airports, Frankfurt in particular.
In a rather frank statement, Lufthansa also admits it doesnâ€™t know how bad the knock-on effects will be.
â€œAt this stage Lufthansa cannot say for sure what exact impact the strike action will have.
â€œEven after the end of the strike, Lufthansa foresees irregularities in flight operations on the weekend.â€
See you at Automechanika, I hope.