(Flight cancellations will affect more than 425,000 travelers through Friday. Lufthansa said it expected to cancel an additional 1,200 flights scheduled for Thursday.)
Lufthansa, Europe’s second-largest airline by number of passengers after Ryanair, said that it had sent more than 200,000 text messages and emails to passengers with reservations for flights during the strike period, warning them of the cancellations. Thousands of customers had also consulted a list of affected flights posted on the airline’s website. Robert Payne, a spokesman for Frankfurt Airport, said that roughly 700 inbound and outbound flights had been canceled there on Wednesday, just over half of the normally scheduled services. He said that cots and other amenities had been prepared for passengers who might be stranded, but that, for now, the crowds in the airport’s concourses and check-in halls were relatively thin. But some travelers were nonetheless left scrambling to find alternative flights. And the city of Frankfurt, a major Lufthansa hub, was bracing for possible trouble in the coming days, as thousands of attendees of a big lighting industry trade show wondered whether they would be able to find ways out of the city on Thursday and Friday. (NY Times).