Strike action forces Lufthansa to cancel hundreds of flights

Strike action forces Lufthansa to cancel hundreds of flights

About 113,000 Lufthansa passengers will be hit by flight cancellations today due to a strike by cabin crew.

The German airline warned that 929 flights to and from Frankfurt, Munich and Dusseldorf will be cancelled.

Today’s action will run from 4.30am local time until 11pm in Frankfurt and Dusseldorf and until midnight in Munich.

The walkout will affect more than three times as many flights as a nine-hour strike last Friday and almost double the 520 cancelled on Saturday.

Services were reported to be running normally on Sunday.

“The company is making every effort to minimise the impact of the strike as much as possible for its passengers,” Lufthansa said.

Overall, 70% of all flights operated by the Lufthansa Group are expected to run today in spite of the cabin union strike, which is entering its third day.

Members of the UFO union are plan further industrial action throughout the week at other airports.

Lufthansa and UFO are in a long-running dispute over retirement benefits.

The carrier reiterated its willingness to resume discussions with the UFO union after negotiations broke down on Thursday.

“Lufthansa’s retirement and transitional pension provisions are already based on remuneration at the company that is well above the industry average. A full-time cabin crew member starting work at Lufthansa will earn an average of €2,200, variable salary components included,” the airline said.


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