Lufthansa Cargo Pilots Strike

By Jesse Sokolow on 6 October 2014
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Lufthansa A380 boarding gate at Frankfurt

Lufthansa A380 boarding gate at Frankfurt

Lufthansa pilots said Monday that they will go on strike this week, as an ongoing dispute about retirement benefits continues.

Vereinigung Cockpit, the union that represents the pilots, said that the strike, which will impact the airline’s cargo flights, will take place from 3:00 a.m. on Wednesday through 10:30 p.m. on Thursday.

Lufthansa pilots last planned a strike in mid-September, which was cancelled at the last minute.

Passenger flights will not be impacted by the job action.

Most of the airline’s cargo business goes through Frankfurt Airport, although other hubs include airports in Munich, Leipzig-Halle, and Vienna.

The strike is in response to proposed changes in retirement benefits, which include raising the early retirement age.  Lufthansa wants to adjust the age for early retirement because pilots can now fly until they reach 65, and says it cannot remain competitive without the changes.

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