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Lufthansa cancels 290 flights amid cabin crew strikes

Published 06/11/2015 | 10:46

Lufthansa flight attendants protest at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany (AP)
Lufthansa flight attendants protest at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany (AP)
Lufthansa plans to cancel numerous outgoing flights from Frankfurt and Duesseldorf airports due to a cabin crew strike (AP)

Germany's flagship airline Lufthansa has cancelled 290 flights as cabin crew workers went on strike at Frankfurt and Duesseldorf airports.

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The carrier said the cancellations included 23 long-haul flights and that overall some 37,500 passengers were affected.

Lufthansa urged travellers to check its website or call its hotline before heading to the airport to see if their connections were affected.

Lufthansa subsidiaries such as Austrian Airlines, Germanwings, Eurowings and Swiss are not affected.

The UFO union said earlier this week its members would go on strike for a week, starting on Friday, if its demands were not met.

Among other things, it wants transition payments for its 19,000 members if they choose early retirement.

It plans to move the strike around different airports but has not announced a schedule, aside from saying it would not target Munich's airport through Sunday, which is the end of the southern state's autumn holidays.

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