Lufthansa Pilots Plan Strike in Frankfurt for Tuesday
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Lufthansa pilots announced the fourth strike against the German airline in three weeks. The strike was later cancelled, according to a message on the Vereinigung Cockpit website.
The strike, which was to take place on Tuesday in Frankfurt, would have been in response to proposed changes in retirement benefits, which include raising the early retirement age. Lufthansa wants to adjust the age because pilots can now fly until they reach 65.
Pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit had originally said that the strike will run from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will impact long-haul flights. Frankfurt is the airline’s main hub.
On Monday, Lufthansa issued a statement on its website promising a “special flight plan” that will allow all 40 long-haul flights scheduled to depart during the strike to take place. The airline is changing the departure times of 24 of the flights.
Following that notice, the union then announced that the job action would not take place.
Vereinigung Cockpit held a strike at Lufthansa subsidiary Germanwings at the end of August. On September 5, the union staged a strike at Frankfurt Airport that lasted six hours and resulted in over 200 flights being cancelled, affecting approximately 25,000 passengers. A third strike took place last Wednesday in Munich.
UPDATE – September 15, 2014 2:00 p.m. EDT
This article has been updated to reflect the strike’s cancellation, which was announced after the article went to press.
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