Expanding the services of Lufthansa's own budget airline Eurowings has been the bone of contention between management and personnel. Following months of periodical strikes by the airline's pilots, this time, cabin crews are threatening the same.
Germany's flag carrier is expanding rapidly after taking over a large part of the fleet of insolvent rival Air Berlin. The hiring spree will boost payrolls at both Lufthansa itself and its low-cost subsidiary Eurowings.
Airlines are going out of business but the current consolidation in European aviation is "long overdue" say experts. More change is coming, but, overall, things look good for consumers as competition stays fierce.
For years, Lufthansa has been wrangling with its pilots as the airline attempted to reduce costs. A deal struck with its main pilots union on Tuesday should ensure significantly less labor turbulence in the years ahead.
A union representing Lufthansa's low-budget subsidiaries has said a planned strike on Thursday would now also involve employees at Germanwings. It said there was no alternative to the strike after failed negotiations.
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