Chaos - Lufthansa pilots to strike again for third time
Lufthansa pilots will hold an eight-hour strike at Munich airport today, union Vereinigung Cockpit said yesterday, the third strike by the German airline's pilots within two weeks.
The pilots are seeking to increase the pressure on Lufthansa in negotiations over an early retirement scheme.
They held a strike at its budget carrier Germanwings at the end of August, followed by a walkout at Frankfurt last week.
The proposed strike at Munich, Lufthansa's biggest airport behind Frankfurt, will run from 8am to 4pm, the union said.
While Lufthansa's lucrative long-haul flights were spared from last week's Frankfurt walkout, the union said yesterday that this time the strike would affect all flights leaving Munich airport.
Lufthansa said it could not yet say which flights would be affected and described the strike as "incomprehensible".
Lufthansa shares fell after the announcement and were down 1.5pc.
Vereinigung Cockpit represents about 5,400 of Lufthansa's around 9,000 pilots and the previous two strikes have cost the airline more than €10m in operating profit and have hit bookings. A three-day pilots' walkout in April wiped €60m from the airline's first-half operating profit.
A pilots' strike last week forced the German airline to cancel just over 200 flights from Frankfurt airport, Europe's third largest hub.
That strike affected 25,000 passengers and wiped millions of euros off profits.
To cater for stranded guests, the airline booked 2,200 hotel rooms and has readied 500 camp beds.