More than 800 flights cancelled as Lufthansa enters into third day strike

Published on : Saturday, November 26, 2016

lufthansaGermany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, cancelled 830 short and medium haul flights on Friday, affecting 100,000 passengers after a pilots’ strike entered its third day in a long running dispute over wages.

 

The airline also announced another 137 long-haul flights scheduled for Saturday would be cancelled, affecting 30,000 more passengers.

 

In total, there have been 2,863 flight cancellations and 345,000 passengers impacted since the Lufthansa strikes began on Wednesday. The German airline said most of its flights will be operating Saturday and that its other brands including Eurowings, Germanwings, Swiss and Austrian Airlines—are not affected.

 

The strikes called by the Cockpit union are their 14th since April 2014.

 

The union has been announcing the continuation of the strike one day at a time, and Cockpit spokesman Joerg Handwerg told the media that the union has made no decision on when the strikes may end.

 

Cockpit is seeking retroactive raises of 3.66 per cent a year going back 5 ½ years, a demand Lufthansa says is impossible as it faces increasing competition from Gulf airlines and European budget carriers.

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