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More flights are expected to be canceled at AUA

More flights are expected to be canceled at AUA

The company's meeting is scheduled to be held on Thursday, and the program will include 304 flights. Strikes in Germany currently have no impact on Austria.

Yesterday, Friday, AUA was forced to cancel 150 flights due to an originally announced but then postponed operations meeting for flight crews. There will likely be many outages again next Thursday. Because then the business meeting should take place.

In theory, there were 304 AUA flights on that day, which meant 31,000 passengers were carried. It is not yet possible to estimate exactly how many flights will be canceled and the amount that will be compensated by redistribution and rebooking is currently being evaluated. An AUA spokeswoman said: “We are doing everything we can to inform our passengers as soon as possible and hold as many flights as possible.” Yesterday's flight cancellations affected 12,800 passengers and caused damage to AUA amounting to €4 million.

The AUA considers the planned business meeting illegal and takes legal action against it. The backdrop to the business meeting is the stalled collective agreement negotiations with AUA staff. Salary increase ideas vary widely between employers and employees. Employers offer a 4.5 percent raise and promise more if the term is longer. On the other hand, the union is demanding a 30 percent salary increase in addition to more vacations and other things.

In the German parent company Lufthansa, the warning strike of ground employees, which has been continuing since Thursday, will continue until tomorrow. The Verdi union called on Lufthansa employees at Hamburg's Helmut Schmidt Airport to take industrial action by 7:10 a.m. on Saturday. According to the airport, affected passengers are encouraged to contact the airline to learn more about cancellation and rebooking options.

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The effects for Austria have so far been under control. The AUA spokeswoman said that according to Vienna Airport, planned flights to and from Germany are currently running as planned.