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Airport strike extended in Frankfurt

Michael Probst/Associated Press

A young child waited at the Frankfurt airport terminal yesterday, where about 200 union workers are on strike.

FRANKFURT - The union representing ground workers at Frankfurt airport said yesterday that it was extending its strike through Friday to press its demands for more pay from airport operator Fraport AG.

The strikes that began last week have already led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights and delays at the airport, Europe’s third busiest, which sees some 1,300 takeoffs and landings daily.

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Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, which uses Frankfurt airport as its main hub, said it only canceled an additional 80 roundtrip flights yesterday - all domestic and European routes.

That’s because it took measures to work around the strike by 200 union members, Lufthansa said.

Fraport says the union’s demands for double-digit wage increases are “absolutely unacceptable’’ while the union says it just wants the Frankfurt workers’ salaries brought in line with what other airports pay.

The union and Fraport have been unable to come to a new agreement after weeks of negotiations.

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