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Delhi: Chaos at IGI airport, more than 700 passengers stranded as Lufthansa flights cancelled. Watch

Uproar at Delhi's IGI airport, passengers harrowed for hours as Germany's Lufthansa Airlines cancels 800 flights on Friday, which is likely to affect 130,000 passengers.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: More than 700 passenger stranded at IGI airport as several Lufthansa flights cancelled because employees were on one-day strike. Passengers harrowed for hours. Germany’s Lufthansa airlines cancelled 800 of its flights. On Friday, a video of Delhi airport is going viral in which hundreds of people are seen protesting. Lufthansa airlines cancelled flights due to a planned strike action by the pilots. Security personnel have been deployed inside the airport. The pilots are on a one-day strike demanding a pay hike.

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There was tremendous uproar at Indira Gandhi International Airport. Lufthansa Airlines had two flights in Delhi, in which about 400 passengers were to go to Munich and Frankfurt. But when these passengers reached the airport, they came to know that their flights have been cancelled. Let us tell you that German airline Lufthansa canceled 800 flights after pilots went on strike in Germany to demand a pay hike.

Some students were also among the stranded passengers at the airport, who had to go abroad to give their exams. After getting stuck at the airport, the passengers raised slogans. After much uproar from the passengers, the airline has sent about two hundred passengers through another airline. However, still 500 passengers are stranded across the country.

At the same time, Germany’s Lufthansa Airlines said it had to cancel 800 flights on Friday after pilots announced a one-day strike, which is likely to affect 130,000 passengers.

The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union said late Wednesday that wage negotiations have failed and Lufthansa pilots will go on a 24-hour strike after midnight on Thursday, affecting both passenger and cargo services. The pilot union has demanded a 5.5 per cent pay hike for pilots this year.

PASSENGERS PROTEST
Stranded passengers and their relatives registered strong protests last night at Delhi airport. In a viral video, passengers were seen shouting at the airport, asking for justice and a refund. Officials have pointed out that most of those supposed to travel by Lufthansa last night were students.

“I was supposed to go to Germany by Lufthansa airlines but the flight got cancelled. I’ve booked tickets in Emirate airlines & will be now going via Dubai where I’ve a layover of 14 hrs. We’re yet to know when we’ll get the refund”, said a passenger at IGI airport.

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