Pilot strike? Check with the airline before rushing to rebook flight

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All summer long, flight cancellations have plagued travellers in Europe and beyond, due to staff shortages and strikes. Pilots of German carrier Lufthansa may be planning to go on strike next, following industrial action by ground staff. Holidaymakers who may be affected should approach the airline and ask for alternatives such as rebooking or cancellations, says Nicole Bahn from a German consumer advice centre. However, your rights to compensation as an air passenger do not apply until the strike has been officially announced. Only when it’s clear that the flight will either be delayed or can…

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