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At Least 9 Dead After Truck Crashes into Christmas Market in Berlin

At Least 9 Dead After Truck Crashes into Christmas Market in Berlin

A truck driven by an unknown driver plowed through a Christmas market in Berlin, Germany Monday evening, killing nine and injuring approximately 50 people.
Although it has not been confirmed whether this was an act of terror or merely an accident, police are speculating that it was a deliberate attack.
The incident is reminiscent of the attack in Nice, France in July that killed more than 80 people.
The Christmas market is located …

Air Berlin Appoints Lufthansa Executive as New CEO

Air Berlin Appoints Lufthansa Executive as New CEO

MUNICH—Air Berlin announced the appointment of a new CEO, Thomas Winkelmann late Sunday.
The Berlin-based carrier said that Winkelmann will succeed its current CEO, Stefan Pichler, on February 1, 2017. Pichler assumed the position two years ago.
Winkelmann previously served as the CEO of Lufthansa’s low-cost carrier Germanwings from 2006 through 2015 and was later manager of that airline’s Munich hub.
The upheaval in the C-suite comes at a time when Air Berlin …

Two More Lufthansa Strikes Planned for this Week

Two More Lufthansa Strikes Planned for this Week

Lufthansa announced that Vereinigung Cockpit, the union representing the airline’s 5,400 pilots, will stage strikes this week on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 29 and 30. The move follows two strikes that the union staged last week, during which thousands of flights, both short-haul and long, were cancelled.
The union said that Tuesday’s strike will affect all short-haul flights from 12:01 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. local time, while Wednesday’s strike will last …

Lufthansa Pilot Strike to Continue Into Thursday

Lufthansa Pilot Strike to Continue Into Thursday

Lufthansa announced that Vereinigung Cockpit, the union representing the airline’s 5,400 pilots, will stage another strike Thursday. The strike, which will last from 12:01 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., is a continuation of a strike that will be carried out by the union on Wednesday over wage disputes.
Lufthansa said that it cancelled 912 flights, including 82 intercontinental ones, for Thursday. The carrier said that the additional cancellations will affect approximately 115,000 …

Lufthansa to Cancel Nearly 900 Flights Wednesday

Lufthansa to Cancel Nearly 900 Flights Wednesday

MUNICH—Lufthansa said Tuesday that it will cancel 876 of 3,000 scheduled flights Wednesday due to a strike by its pilots.
The move follows a call by Vereinigung Cockpit, the union representing the airline’s 5,400 pilots, for a 24-hour strike in a continuing dispute over wages.
The German flag carrier has cancelled 51 intercontinental flights including seven to the United States as well as hundreds of short-haul flights. Customers will be given the …

Lufthansa to Increase Summer Destination Offerings

Lufthansa to Increase Summer Destination Offerings

Lufthansa announced that it plans to add new destinations from Frankfurt and Munich to its summer schedule for the coming year.
From Frankfurt Airport, the carrier will offer thrice-weekly service to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, beginning March 27, 2017. This will be followed by twice-weekly service to Bordeaux, France, on April 2.
Beginning April 15, the carrier will offer flights to Heringsdorf, a German town on the Baltic Sea, and on April …

Air Canada to Connect Vancouver with Frankfurt, London Gatwick

Air Canada to Connect Vancouver with Frankfurt, London Gatwick

Air Canada announced that it plans to launch new service to both Frankfurt and London from Vancouver next year. The airline will offer daily seasonal flights to Frankfurt beginning June 1, and thrice weekly seasonal service to London Gatwick Airport starting June 8, 2017.
Flights to Vancouver International Airport will depart at 12:25 p.m. and arrive at Frankfurt Airport at 7:05 a.m. the next day. From Frankfurt, flights will depart at …