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Cabin Crew Walkout Causes Lufthansa Flight Cancellations

German airline Lufthansa cancelled 40 flights on Friday because of a walkout by cabin crew at Frankfurt airport, an airline spokesman said.

Lufthansa jets grounded

The three-hour stoppage put out thousands of passengers

The Independent Organization of Flight Attendants said it called the three-hour stoppage to press demands for higher pay and improved working conditions.

Lufthansa said the cancellations affected short-haul and medium-range flights.

The stoppage by 400 flight attendants began at 6:15 a.m. and ended at 9:15 a.m.

The union, which represents 70 percent of Lufthansa's 16,000 cabin crew, is seeking a 15-percent pay hike over the next 12 months. Lufthansa has offered 10 percent, covering 14 months.

The union has refused to go along with a deal agreed between the airline and another cabin crew union, Verdi, for a lower pay rise.

On Wednesday, Lufthansa cancelled 15 flights because of a five-hour walkout by pilots of a regional partner airline, Contact Air, in a dispute over pay.

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