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Strike Halts Lufthansa Flights To And From O’Hare

Lufthansa Cabin Crew Strike At Berlin Tegel

Passengers wait to board a Lufthansa flight while many Lufthansa flights were cancelled during a strike by Lufthansa cabin crew at Tegel Airport on September 4, 2012 in Berlin, Germany. Lufthansa cabin crew members are striking at Frankfurt and Berlin airports today following the breakdown of talks between the UFO labour union and Lufthansa management over a pay increase and other cabin crew demands. (Credit: Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — No Lufthansa flights are taking off from O’Hare International Airport, as flight attendants begin a strike in Germany.

Published reports say Lufthansa has canceled all Tuesday flights to and from O’Hare, as well as international service to and from Los Angeles, Houston, Beijing and Mexico City.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Felicia Middlebrooks reports


The cancellations are a result of a strike by flight attendants in Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich, Reuters reported in an article published by the Chicago Tribune.

The airline sent text message to 18,000 customers’ cell phones to tell them their flights would not be leaving the ground, and gave free drinks and snacks to stranded passengers, Reuters reported.

The strike comes after a walkout Friday that cost the airline millions in revenues and left 26,000 passengers stuck on land, Reuters reported.

Talks between Lufthansa and the union UFO, which represents the flight attendants, broke down last week after 13 months of going nowhere, Reuters reported.

Lufthansa is the largest airline in Germany.