Airline strike having little effect on military travelers in Germany
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The strike by Lufthansa flight attendants doesn’t appear to have stranded or inconvenienced many U.S. military travelers and their families living in Germany so far, say travel officials who book leisure and official travel for servicemembers and Defense Department civilians.
Travel agents at two SATO offices in the Kaiserslautern area said Wednesday that not many of their customers’ flights had been canceled or delayed.
“If we see something canceled, we inform them,” said an official at the SATO travel office at Ramstein Air Base. “We have not had that.”
Lufthansa flight attendants, demanding higher wages, walked off the job Tuesday at three of Germany’s major airports, including Frankfurt, stranding thousands of passengers, The Associated Press reported. Flights within Europe and Germany were affected most, with the trans-Atlantic flights less so, SATO agents said. But they warned that could change if the strike expands.
The union representing the flight attendants threatened a nationwide 24-hour strike starting Friday.
SATO travel agents in Kaiserslautern advised travelers to continue checking Lufthansa’s website to see if their flight reservations have been changed.
Despite the cancellations at Frankfurt international airport Tuesday, not many stranded travelers showed up at the USO lounge there, a USO representative said, noting that he was told Lufthansa was able to rebook travelers to other flights on partner airlines.