Frankfurt, Germany • Frankfurt Airport, Europe's second busiest, shut down Friday afternoon for people whose flights originated from the hub after thousands of security personnel walked off the job to press demands for higher wages.
Germany's national carrier Lufthansa condemned the strike as "completely unacceptable," noting that it was doing its best to assist stranded passengers.
Airport spokesman Robert Payne said about half of the airport's fliers are transfer passengers, and their flights are not affected.
But, in light of the "massive strike action," he said the airport had no alternative but to close part of its operations because it did not have the security personnel to process passengers whose flights originated from the airport. The only busier European airport is London's Heathrow.