Some Everton fans may be left unable to make it to Kiev as pilots of German national airline Lufthansa are going on strike.

Blues fans travelling with Lufthansa were told their flights out to the Ukraine capital tomorrow for the Europa League clash with Dynamo Kiev had been grounded.

Strike action was announced by pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit, leading to the cancellation of 750 flights by Lufthansa on March 18.

A statement on the airline’s website said it will be offering alternative flights and affected passengers can refund or rebook their flights free of charge.

But frustrated fans said they have so far not been able to secure a flight that will get them to the game in time for the 7.45pm kick-off on Thursday.

Martin Riecken, Lufthansa’s European communication’s director, said: “We are awfully sorry for the trouble this has caused to the fans from Everton FC, our station management and call centre staff has done everything possible to offer everyone affected by the strike alternative solutions, but due to the magnitude of the strike we were not always able to re-accommodate every single passenger according to his or her needs.

“The strike action was announced by the pilot’s union only yesterday night, 10pm, which gave us only little time to respond and to set up a reduced timetable.

“This may explain why the fans were informed only short notice. In total we’ve sent out 48,000 text and email messages to our customers.”

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