Wednesday 7 December 2016

Lufthansa cancels 1,700 flights

Maria Sheahan

Published 29/11/2016 | 02:30

Luftansa has asked a labour court to issue a temporary injunction to avert the strike.
Luftansa has asked a labour court to issue a temporary injunction to avert the strike.

Lufthansa, Germany's biggest airline, is cancelling around 1,700 flights over the next two days due to a fresh strike by pilots in a long-running dispute about pay.

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Last week, the German carrier cancelled nearly 2,800 flights during a four-day walkout from Wednesday that affected more than 350,000 passengers. It was the 14th walkout in a dispute that has cost the carrier hundreds of millions of euro since early 2014. Lufthansa has offered to increase the pilots' pay by 4.4pc in two instalments and make a one-off payment worth 1.8 months' pay over a six-year period.

The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union rejected the latest pay offer from Lufthansa late on Friday. VC wants an average annual pay rise of 3.7pc for 5,400 pilots over a five-year period backdated to 2012.

The pilots announced on Sunday plans to strike on short-haul routes on Tuesday and both short- and long-haul flights on Wednesday.

Lufthansa said it was cancelling 816 and 890 flights on those days, respectively, affecting a total of around 180,000 passengers.

The carrier has asked a labour court to issue a temporary injunction to avert the strike. Last week, a labour court rejected a similar request for an injunction, however.(Reuters)

Irish Independent

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