Lufthansa Pilots to Go on Eight-Hour Strike

By Jesse Sokolow on 9 September 2014
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Check-in counters for Lufthansa at Munich Airport

Check-in counters for Lufthansa at Munich Airport

Lufthansa pilots will stage a strike for eight hours at Munich Airport on Wednesday, Vereinigung Cockpit, the union that represents the pilots, said Tuesday. The planned strike will be the third by the German flag carrier’s pilots in a period of weeks.

The strike is 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.

“We are forced to take these measures because Lufthansa management has been unable to make a compromise offer up to now,” Vereinigung Cockpit said in a statement.

Between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday, Lufthansa pilots will cease all operations and work at Munich Airport.

On September 5, Vereinigung Cockpit staged a strike at Frankfurt Airport 5 that lasted six hours and resulted in over 200 flights being cancelled, affecting approximately 25,000 passengers.

The two recent strikes reportedly cost Lufthansa almost $13 million in operating profit.

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