Lufthansa Pilot Strikes in November Result in Increase at Austrian and Swiss

By Christian Stampfer on 9 December 2016
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DSC_1519 (1)MUNICH—There was a silver lining to the multiple-day pilot strikes at Lufthansa last month, namely an increase in business for Austrian Airlines and Swiss.

German flag-carrier Lufthansa cancelled over 4,500 flights as a result of the six days of strikes by members of the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots union. The strikes inconvenienced more than half a million passengers and the airline said its earnings would be reduced by €100 million in the fourth quarter as a result.

Austrian Airlines said that it saw a 10.9% increase in passenger traffic in November, while Swiss said it saw 4.3%.

Despite the strike, Lufthansa saw its load factor increase by 0.5% for the month along with a 5.9% increase in the number of passengers transported.

In November 2015, Lufthansa had to cancel a similar number of flights after seven days of pilot strikes and reported a similar drop in revenue.

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