Lufthansa Pilots to Go on 3-Day Strike
Lufthansa said Monday that its pilots will be staging a strike between April 2 and 4, causing most of its flights between those dates to be canceled. An estimated 425,000 passengers and thousands of flights will be affected.
“Due to planned strike actions of the pilots union ‘Vereinigung Cockpit’ from 02.04.2014 to 04.04.2014 Lufthansa flight operations will be heavily affected,” Lufthansa said in a statement on its website.
The German flag carrier estimated that approximately 3,800 flights will be cancelled as a result of the strike, which has been planned and will be staged by Vereinigung Cockpit, its pilots union. The aim of the strike is to seek higher pay and better provisions for pilots who are nearing retirement age.
The few flights that will operate during the three-day strike period will be operated by Eurowings, Lufthansa CityLine, and Air Dolomiti, companies under the Lufthansa Group umbrella whose pilots are not planning to take part in the strike.
The strike will likely be one of the biggest in the German airline’s history. Lufthansa serves 17 destinations in the United States, and has already cancelled 134 flights into and out of the country.
The airline has said it will contact affected passengers via text message or email, and will allow them to cancel or rebook their flights at no additional charge.