Airport Issues in New York, Frankfurt, Munich Leading to Cancellations and Diversions

Labor strikes in Frankfurt and Munich coupled with a power outage at New York/JFK have led to numerous cancellations and diversions on international flights from Thursday through Friday. All Lufthansa flights operating from the airline’s hubs at Frankfurt and Munich were canceled Friday due to a strike by the Verdi trade union. Over 1,300 flights were canceled as a result.

The strike follows an IT outage at the Frankfurt airport earlier in the week that led to a stoppage of flights.

In New York, a power outage at JFK Terminal 1 has caused widespread disruptions to inbound and outbound international flights since Thursday. Several major international airlines have either cancelled or diverted flights as a result of the terminal being inoperable. The airlines effected include Air France, EgyptAir, Lufthansa, Philippine Airlines, Saudia, Swiss, and Turkish Airlines. A complete list of airlines can be found at the Terminal One website.

The disruptions at JFK are expected to continue through Friday.

The Compass airfreight team is closely monitoring these developments and is working with customers on contingencies where possible. Customers should expect delays on any shipments involving Lufthansa this week, as well as any international shipments traveling through JFK this Thursday and Friday.


-Sources: Terminal One, Reuters, Aviation Week