Skyscanner’s German site (www.Skyscanner.de) has already seen a 13% rise in traffic, as travellers scramble to find replacement flights following news that 4000 pilots at Lufthansa have taken strike action.
Lufthansa, as well as Lufthansa Cargo and its low cost subsidiary Germanwings, will all be affected by the strike which started at 12 midnight on Sunday 21st February and is expected to run until Thursday 25th at least, and possibly until 1st March, if agreements between the airline and the pilot’s union cannot be reached.
Barry Smith, Skyscanner Co-founder and Business Development Director commented:
“We’ve already seen a 13% rise in traffic from our German users compared to last week. Germany is Skyscanner’s second biggest market after the UK, and even though Lufthansa are attempting to end the strike with an injunction, our traffic spike shows that travellers are already making alternative arrangements.”
Flights to and from Frankfurt and Munich will be the hardest hit airports, with around 800 flights to be cancelled per day throughout the strike.
Travellers affected by the Lufthansa strike are advised to contact Lufthansa to rebook or cancel their tickets. Flights with alternative airlines can be found at Skyscanner (see: flights from Munich, flights from Berlin, flights from Frankfurt).
Skyscanner typically sees its traffic spike following news of an airline strike, for example, after British Airways’ recent Christmas strike threat, Skyscanner saw an 11% rise in user traffic. BA union leaders will reveal later today whether or not there will be more industrial action for Britain’s flag carrier to come.