German pilots have cancelled more than 200 flights which were due to carry failed asylum seekers on their way back to Afghanistan.
German authorities have been increasing the pace of removing people who have failed in their asylum applications, but they have faced mass protests at airports.
German authorities have ruled that some areas of Afghanistan are safe to return
According to Deutsche Welle, some 85 of the proposed flights were due to take place between January and September 2017 involving Lufthansa and its subsidiary Eurowings.
German authorities have decreed that some parts of Afghanistan are safe for people to return.
Approximately 140 of the cancelled flights were due to leave Frankfurt Airport, which is a major hub.
A further 40 of the flights were due to depart Dusseldorf.
Lufthansa spokesman Michael Lamberty said: ‘The decision not to carry a passenger is ultimately made by the pilot on a case by case basis. If he or she had the impression that flight safety could be affected, he must refuse to transport the passenger.’