Swiss cancels flights to Munich due to German strike

Flights between Switzerland and Munich on national carrier Swiss will be cancelled on Wednesday due to a strike by ground staff at six German airports.

Swiss cancels flights to Munich due to German strike
Photo: Fabrice Coffrini/AFP
Swiss International Airlines, a subsidiary of German carrier Lufthansa, confirmed the cancellations of its Geneva-Munich and Zurich-Munich flights on its website
Flights heading to Frankfurt, Hanover and Dusseldorf will still run but will be subject to delays and cancellations. 
The industrial action in Germany is set to hit Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Dortmund and Hanover airports as service workers' union Verdi enters a battle with the government over pay rises for the public sector.
Verdi says that workers deserve a pay raise of six percent, and many German states have seen walkouts at kindergartens, hospitals, town halls and local transport as well.
Workers including mechanics, air traffic controllers, ground crew and administrators are all expected to walk off the job in this latest strike.
But it's the airport firefighters whose walk-out will force the flights to be cancelled at Frankfurt, Munich and Cologne-Bonn.
Without firefighters on duty, no service is possible at an airport.
Wednesday is set to be a day of chaos as no long-haul flights will arrive or depart at Munich airport, with many internal and European services also cancelled.
The strike is set to last until 3pm on Wednesday.
Customers who have booked through Swiss can rebook another flight for no charge or receive a refund. 

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EU to make face masks compulsory on all European flights for passengers aged 6 and over

Children 6 and over and all adults will have to wear face masks on all European flights after EU transport ministers agreed new security measures to battle the spread of coronavirus.

EU to make face masks compulsory on all European flights for passengers aged 6 and over
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The EU Transport Ministers reached agreement on various health measures to be imposed on board aircraft flying over the continent, as well as at airports.

Ministers agreed that the wearing of masks will be obligatory for anyone aged over six.

Other measures agreed by ministers during a video-conference included obligations for airlines to disinfect aircraft more often and to enforce safe distances, even if this results in long queues at airports.

Most airlines already make it mandatory for passengers to wear face masks while boarding planes and whilst on board the aircraft, but children have often been exempt.

Masks are also compulsory in many airports including in France, which made the coverings obligatory in all public indoor spaces for anyone aged over 11.

Airlines issue strict rules on wearing masks and warn passengers they will be refused entry to planes if they do not comply.

To ensure full safety whilst wearing a mask, airline easyJet says masks should be replaced every four hours.

A statement on the website said: “Protective face masks should typically be replaced every four hours, or if they become wet or soiled, so please ensure that you have an adequate supply for you and anyone else travelling with you for the entire duration of your journey.”

European countries are battling to prevent a resurgence of coronavirus cases with countries like Spain, France and Belgium all seeing a rise in cases in recent days.

Switzerland, while not a member of the EU, has had a compulsory mask requirement on all flights since early July.