Hundreds of flights have been cancelled on 13 March in Germany after the trade union Ver.di launched strikes across airports over staff pay.

The regional trade union called for staff to strike at airports in Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover and Bremen, the Washington Post reported.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that no commercial flights would take-off from Berlin, Bremen and Hamburg airports.

Berlin airport in its website said: “Due to the warning strike by employees at the aviation security controls, no commercial departures will take place at BER on Monday, 13 March. Incoming flights may also be affected. Passengers are asked to check with their airline regarding their flight status.”

The strike at Berlin’s airport resulted in 200 departing flight cancellations affecting 27,000 passengers, Washington Post reported citing the city’s website notice.

Hamburg Airport in its website also said that more than 30,000 passengers affected as there were no departures and half of arrivals were also cancelled.

The airport in its website said that: “Security check closed all day. No evening check-in for Tuesday flights possible. Quiet situation in the morning. Affected passengers should contact the airlines.”

The airport expected around 244 flights including 123 departures and 121 arrivals and more than 30,000 passengers as of 13 March 2023.

Flag carrier Lufthansa said in an email seen by Washington Post that it expected massive disruptions to flight operations and a significant number of flight cancellations.

Last month, a 24-hour strike by the trade union grounded majority of flights at the Duesseldorf and Cologne Bonn regional airports in Germany.