Sunday 11 December 2016

Dozens of flights cancelled amid strike at German budget airline Eurowings

Published 22/11/2016 | 13:01

The check-in counters of Eurowings at Helmut Schmidt Airport in Hamburg (AP)
The check-in counters of Eurowings at Helmut Schmidt Airport in Hamburg (AP)

Cabin crew at Lufthansa's budget airline Eurowings have launched a 15-hour strike, causing dozens of flight cancellations, as the German carrier warned customers to prepare for a larger walkout by pilots on Wednesday.

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The Cockpit union announced on Monday that pilots of all short and long-haul flights out of Germany will go on strike in a dispute over pay.

Lufthansa said: "Due to tomorrow's strike, 876 of 3,000 LH Group flights had to be cancelled."

It said about 100,000 passengers would be affected, including on 51 intercontinental connections.

The Cockpit union said the airline has been posting "very good numbers for years" but pilots have not seen any pay increases.

It is asking for a 3.66% yearly raise for five years. Lufthansa has called the union's position "absolutely incomprehensible".

The disruption follows a decision by the ver.di service workers' union to call on Eurowings cabin crew based in Dusseldorf and Hamburg to walk out on Tuesday from 4am to 7pm UK time.

News agency dpa said 50 of 88 planned flights to and from Dusseldorf have been cancelled, while at least seven departures and seven arrivals at Hamburg were scrapped.

The airline and two unions are in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. The other union, UFO, staged a 24-hour walkout last month.

Ver.di said it is insisting on a separate deal for its members.

The airline urged passengers planning to travel on Wednesday to check its website for information about cancelled flights.

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