Germanwings Pilots Plan Strike for Friday
Pilots at Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary Germanwings are set to strike on Friday, after talks between the pilots union and the airline failed to resolve open issues.
Germanwings said that the strike “will have a considerable impact on flight operations to and from Germany and on domestic German connections,” in a statement on its website, and cancelled 116 of the 164 scheduled flights for Friday. The union, Vereinigung Cockpit, said the strike will impact all Germanwings flights between 6:00 a.m. and noon local time that day.
“We are very disappointed that we can’t avert the strike,” said Lufthansa board member for human resources Bettina Volkens in a statement, pointing out that it’s not possible to reach an agreement “in a single day on complex issues of retirement benefits.”
Germanwings, which was founded as a division of Eurowings in 1997 and is wholly owned by Lufthansa, operates flights from Berlin, Cologne, Dortmund, Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Hannover, and Stuttgart.
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