Lufthansa has cancelled the majority of its flights on Friday, with Hong Kong and Singapore flights to Germany included in the list of cancellations, following a call for a nationwide strike by the flight attendant union taking ongoing action against the airline.
Hundreds of strikes are already listed as cancelled on Lufthansa's special strike website, with the airline warning that there are more to come.
The special website is just a list of flight numbers with no search function: you're best off running a Find command for your flight number or airport using Control-F on a PC or Command-F on a Mac.
Key connections from Hong Kong and Singapore to Frankfurt and Munich have been cancelled "due to current irregularities in flight operations", although the airline is attempting to run as many of its long-distance flights as possible.
What's affected...and what will continue to be affected
The ongoing impact for Australian travellers is likely to be mainly on connecting flights to Europe and Africa from Star Alliance partners like Singapore Airlines and Thai Airways via Lufthansa's hubs at Frankfurt and Munich.
In the meantime, if you already have travel booked, consider changing your flights to connect through other Star Alliance hubs: Swiss' hub at Zurich, Austrian's hub at Vienna, Brussels Airlines' hub in the Belgian capital, and SAS' hubs in Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm are all good options for connecting flights.
Given the circumstances, airlines may be willing to make changes even to non-refundable and non-changeable tickets if you point out that it's better for everyone if you get where you're going without the costs involved with flight disruption.
If you're considering making a booking and can't avoid Lufthansa on a Star Alliance itinerary, give some serious consideration to one of the other global alliances, oneworld or Skyteam, or a Middle Eastern airline like Emirates or Etihad that doesn't rely on a European hub.
And, of course, our standard tips for frequent flyers on how to deal with potential disruption looming on the horizon are also useful here.
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