Lufthansa expects to operate half of long-haul flights despite pilots' strike

Lufthansa expects to operate half of long-haul flights despite pilots' strike

More than half of Lufthansa’s long-haul flights from Germany are due to operate as scheduled despite the second day of a strike by pilots.

Of the 85 flights due to depart from Germany, 43 will take off, the carrier said.

Lufthansa expects long-haul flights to be “largely normal” again on Friday.

The short and medium-haul flights affected by yesterday’s strike will operate as normal from today. Lufthansa cancelled 750 flights out of a scheduled 1,400.

Lufthansa group carriers Austrian Airlines and Germanwings were also drafted in to operate key routes from its Frankfurt hub yesterday.

The two days of walkouts by the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union bring the number of strike days up to 12 in a dispute over early retirement and low-cost expansion by the group.

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