Lufthansa Flight Attendants Start Week-Long Strike
MUNICH—Flight attendants at Lufthansa began a week-long strike Friday after negotiations about benefits broke down, the union that represents the majority of the airline’s flight attendants, the Unabhängige Flugbegleiter Organisation said.
The initial strike will begin Friday afternoon at 1 p.m. local time and Lufthansa said it will cancel almost 300 flights as a result.
“A total of almost ten per cent of all flights of the Lufthansa Group have to be cancelled due to the union’s strike today,” the airline said on its website.
The airline is cancelling 290 flights, including 15 intercontinental flights to and from Frankfurt and Düsseldorf. The labor action ill impact roughly 37,500 passengers, the airline said.
“Lufthansa regrets any inconveniences caused by the strike,” the airline said.
Additional strikes are expected on Saturday at Lufthansa’s hub in Frankfurt, UFO said, but the airline’s other main hub in Munich will not see any strikes until after Sunday.
“We regret this course of action, but we see no alternative,” said union leader Nicoley Baublies.
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