The union representing airline pilots for the German flagship carrier Lufthansa voted overwhelmingly Sunday and only labor action which could become the official strike.
This type of move, if theVereinigung Cockpit union proceeds with it, threatens to complicate what was already a summer travel season suffering from disruptions.
Lufthansa services at the very least 20 U.S. airports, carrying passengers to Frankfurt and Munich.
The pilots desire to negotiate a fresh contract that could feature pay raises amid sky-high inflation. Early Monday, Reuters reported Lufthansa was attempting to resolve the dispute before a strike may appear.
The chance to U.S travelers who could be booked on Lufthansa is significant, Henry Harteveldt, a travel industry analyst and the president of Atmosphere Research Group, said within an email. In case a strike occurred before mid-September, he said, it could have a considerable effect on summer leisure fliers. If it were that occurs after September or later in the fall, business travelers will be more affected.
“U.S. travelers shouldnt push the panic button at this time, however they better know where its located,” he said.
Lufthansa will probably make an effort to prioritize its flights between your U.S. and Europe over its other long-haul routes and its own flights within Europe, Harteveldt said.
On routes where Lufthansa either wont have the ability to operate most of its flights or operate any flights, it’ll try to reroute passengers on other airlines with which it has partnerships, such as for example United Airlines and Air Canada, he said.
But, regardless of how hard it tries, I doubt it’ll be in a position to operate every flight on every route between Germany and the U.S., Harteveldt said.
Rob Wile is really a breaking business news reporter for NBC News Digital.