Lufthansa Pilots Extend Strike, Hundreds of Flights Cancelled

By Paul Riegler on 18 March 2015
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Lufthansa lounges were emptier than usual this week

Lufthansa lounges were emptier than usual this week

A day of strikes by pilots who had been slated to operate short- and medium-haul flights at Lufthansa will be followed by a strike affecting long-haul flights Thursday, and that may not be the last job action at the German flag carrier.

The job action caused Lufthansa to cancel 750 of 1,400 scheduled flights on Wednesday and the airline has already cancelled 84 of its 153 long-haul flights on Thursday.

The pilots union, Vereinigung Cockpit, called for the strike as part of a long-standing dispute with management over early retirement benefits for pilots.  The union staged ten strikes in 2014 and one earlier this year.

In a statement on its website, the Frankfurt-based airline said that only Lufthansa-operated flights would be affected on Friday and that “flights operated by Germanwings and Eurowings are not affected.”

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