- Shaiber Raichur
Around 150 passengers were stranded at the IGI Airport on Sept 2 due to a day-long pilot's strike
Due to a day-long pilot's strike, Germany's flag carrier Lufthansa Airlines had to cancel 800 flights worldwide, resulting in leaving 700 passengers stranded around the globe. Around 150 people were present on the main road in front of Departure gate no. 1 at Terminal 3 at the IGI Airport on September 2 as two flights from Delhi to Frankfurt and Munich were cancelled.
According to the officials, they received the information at midnight that 150 people were gathered at Exit Gate No. 1 in T3, the officials arrived at the site and were told that due to a sudden global strike by Lufthansa pilots 2 flights to Munich and Frankfurt with around 400 passengers were cancelled without prior notice.
On inquiry, it was discovered that flights of Lufthansa airways were cancelled. LH 761 (Delhi to Frankfurt) has three hundred passengers and scheduled departure at 2.50 AM and any other Lufthansa flight LH 763 (Delhi to Munich) has four hundred passengers and scheduled departure at 1.10 AM was cancelled.
As per the sources, the crowd which gathered on the main road in front of Departure gate no. 1 at Terminal 3 consisted mainly of family members/relatives of passengers on flights LH 761 and LH 763. They became agitated when told that the flight had been cancelled without any prior notice. IGI staff, together with CISF, managed the situation.
On the other hand, security concerns had arisen at the Delhi airport on the night of September 4 due to the movement of Lufthansa passengers at the terminal building following the cancellation of a Lufthansa Airlines flight.