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Lufthansa Strike by Pilots Cancels Hundreds of Flights

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Lufthansa flight attendants gather during strike. (Oliver Berg/dpa via AP)
 

By    |   Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016 10:05 AM

The Lufthansa strike by pilots forced the German airline to cancel hundreds of flights on Wednesday, affecting about 100,000 passengers, and even more cancellations are coming on Thursday.

The two-day strike forced Deutsche Lufthansa to suspend 876 flights of the 3,000 scheduled, reported the Wall Street Journal. The airline said 912 flights will be suspended on Thursday, stranding an additional 115,000 passengers.

The airline is one of the largest in Europe. Lufthansa said its other airlines – Germanwings, Eurowings, Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Brussels Airlines – will not be affected by the strike, said Reuters.

"Lufthansa apologizes to all its customers that are affected by this strike," the airline said. "A special flight schedule for the duration of the strike has been enabled on the LH.com website at noon today, allowing customers to verify whether their flight will be taking place as scheduled."

"Lufthansa is doing everything in its power to keep its customers informed and to rebook them to other airlines and other means of transportation wherever possible."

Lufthansa and its pilots have had a long-running dispute over pay, said Reuters.

The Vereinigung Cockpit pilots' union first organized a one-day strike on Wednesday, but after Lufthansa was rejected twice in court trying to stop it, the union extended the walkout to two days.

Lufthansa has argued that because of competition with rivals Ryanair on short flights and Emirates on longer routes, it has to cut cost, even though it reported record profits last year, noted Reuters.

The union is asking for a 3.7 percent increase in annual pay for its 5,400 pilots in Germany over a five-year period from 2012, according to Reuters. Lufthansa, though, is offering 2.5 percent over the six years to 2019.

"We want the union to return to the negotiating table. Our door is wide open," a Lufthansa spokesman told Reuters on Wednesday. The airline said it wants to have mediated talks, which have been rejected by the pilots union.

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