Strikes paralyze German airports, cancel flights

Flights at several German airports were severely disrupted on Monday by the latest in a series of one-day strikes involving various wage disputes.

Verdi's trade union called for warning strikes at airports in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover and Bremen. dpa reported that about 200 departures in Berlin had been cancelled and about a third of incoming flights were expected to be cancelled.

Hamburg Airport announced the cancellation of all 123 outgoing flights during the strike, as well as at least 50 of the 121 arrivals.

The strikes by airport staff come amid tough pay talks for federal and municipal government employees in Germany. Unions are seeking a 10.5 percent salary increase, while employers have so far offered a total 5 percent increase in two stages and one-time payments of 2500,2630 euros ($<>,<>) per employee – which unions have dismissed as insufficient.

The next round of talks is scheduled to begin on March 27.