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Lufthansa Pilots' Strike -- Anyone affected?

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Lufthansa Pilots' Strike -- Anyone affected?

We nearly got stranded in Athens, Greece -- due to a 3-day pilot's strike. Our return flights were scheduled for April 2, the first day of the strike.

However, a quick trip to the Athens Airport on the Metro (a 28 Euro expense) and a very helpful Lufthansa "Star Alliance" ticketing rep, got us out on time.

Instead of going thru Munich, we ended up taking Aegean to London/Heathrow, and then another connecting flight on United from London to Chicago.

NONE of the planes we were on had a single empty seat. We were very lucky to have not been stranded, as the telephone agents for Lufthansa told us we could not get out until April 7th or April 8th.

We even lined up a hotel room at Centrotel for only 37 Euros per night, and they held the room for no charge, and then we cancelled the reservation after we were able to determine that we could get out on our original return date.

They showed us the room, it was very luxurious for such a sketchy neighborhood. However, it was way cheaper than extending our stay at Athens Gate Hotel. (the price we paid was 70 Euros per night between March 25 thru April 1, but their price to stay over would have been double-- hence our proposed switch to Centotel).

If you don't mind the out-of-the-way location-- we recommend the Centrotel for someone on a budget.

The Athens Gate Hotel is also highly recommended, but is rather expensive if you don't book on Hotwire at least 90 days in advance.

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1. Re: Lufthansa Pilots' Strike -- Anyone affected?

Good!

The Lufthansa pilots strike has been sweeping the continent indeed, we are talking about more than 4,000 flights cancelled per day.

Nevertheless, since Lufthansa is a Star Alliance member, they did their best indeed to accomodate their passengers in allied airlines flights. We have to admit than despite the small mayhem, Lufthansa's reaction has been very good up to here.

Not sure how all this worked in countries where no local alliance exists, talking about the starting airport, but, here, with Aegean, it proved rather easy to overcome the whole thing.

How was your flight / experience with Aegean Airlines? How did the connection in London go?

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2. Re: Lufthansa Pilots' Strike -- Anyone affected?

We barely made our connecting flight in London, due to the congestion of air traffic.

They held the plane for us -- we had to literally RUN from one gate to the other!

One thing we learned (the hard way) -- the telephone reps are AWFUL. We had the best results from going to the airport and dealing with a living breathing human person.

Had we only dealt with the phone rep --- we would have been stranded for sure. (However, I can think of worse places to get stuck in the world….hahaha)

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3. Re: Lufthansa Pilots' Strike -- Anyone affected?

:-)))

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