Feb. 20 – 10:30 a.m. EST: Travelers heading to Germany, Spain and even Portugal this week should brace themselves for delays – especially passengers of Lufthansa and Iberia airlines – though other carriers are being affected. Many flights are being delayed and in some cases canceled altogether.
Airports with Worst Delays
According to FlightStats, both Frankfurt and Madrid airports are posting excessive delays meaning “severe disruptions” of hours duration.
In fact, any traveler to Europe would be wise to check if his or her airline is dealing with delays or cancelations due to the very real domino effect that one problem area can have on another.
Labor Trouble at Lufthansa, Iberia Blamed for Delays
As FareCompare reported last week, delays began last week with a ground workers strike in Frankfurt and according to the Lufthansa website, air traffic controllers are now on strike at least through Wednesday (Feb. 22).
Iberia Airlines is also dealing with labor strife – as it says on its the Iberia website, Iberia pilots have called for a strike for today, Feb. 24 and Feb. 29.
What Passengers Can Do
Both carriers are offering flyers a range of options including waiving fees to cancel or reschedule flights. In such cases, the quicker a traveler acts, the better chance of getting the most attractive alternative flight.