Lufthansa Strike Strands Over 150,000 Passengers

By Paul Riegler on 1 December 2014
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DSC_0296A two-day strike by Lufthansa pilots forced the airline to cancel nearly half of its flights and left tens of thousands of passengers stranded.

The German flag carrier cancelled 1,350 flights on the first day of the strike, which will run through Tuesday.  It is the pilots’ ninth strike this year.

The strike began noon local time on Monday and impacts all short- and medium-haul flights out of Germany for that period as well as all long-haul flights and cargo flights on December 2 from 3:00 a.m. local time through 11:59 p.m.

The move came in response to proposed changes in retirement benefits, which include raising the early retirement age, something that has been available to pilots for decades.  Lufthansa wants to adjust the age because pilots can now fly until they reach 65.  The union and the airline have been at odds on these issues for over two years.

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