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Friday 22 August 2014

Strike halts 900 Lufthansa flights

Published 02/04/2014 | 07:57

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Lufthansa pilots gather for a rally as they went on a three-day strike in Germany. (AP)
A passenger stands in a terminal at Frankfurt airport as Lufthansa pilots went on a three-day strike in Germany. (AP)
Passengers stand in a terminal at Frankfurt airport as Lufthansa pilots went on a three-day strike in Germany. (AP)

German airline Lufthansa says it has cancelled almost 900 domestic and international flights on the first day of a three-day strike by the pilots' union.

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Up to 900 flights were cancelled for today and the airline expects to scrap about 3,800 flights altogether affecting more than 425,000 passengers, spokeswoman Barbara Schaedler said.

She added that the airline had done whatever it could to offer other travel arrangements for its passengers and rebooked many customers on trains or different airlines.

The pilots' union Cockpit had called for the strike through to Friday in a long-running pay dispute.

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