Lufthansa airline has said it will cancel most of its flights later this week during a three-day stoppage by its cockpit crews. It’s the second strike affecting Germany’s biggest airline within just a week.
As a result of the planned strike by pilots' union Cockpit, about 3,800 flights would be cancelled on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Lufthansa airline announced Monday.
During the three-day work stoppage, only about 500 Lufthansa short- and long-haul flights would take place, the airline said in a statement, adding that an estimated 425,000 passengers would be affected.
Last week, the union called the strike following avote among pilots of Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and the company's budget airline Germanwings
which found a majority of workers in favor of industrial action. The labor dispute centers on a demand for higher wages, with Cockpit pilots' union claiming Lufthansa had failed to come up with a negotiable offer during two years of pay negotiations.
On Monday, Lufthansa personnel chief Bettina Volkens said the airline deeply deplored that the pilots' union was unwilling to reach a settlement without industrial action. Lufthansa had made a reasonable pay offer, which had also included early retirement for older pilots, she added.Lufthansa is struggling
to carve out a profit amid tough competition from low-cost European carriers and expanding government-sponsored Gulf airlines. Last week,the German flag carrier had to cancel hundreds of flights when public sector workers went on strike,
partly paralyzing seven German airports.
uhe/tj (AP, Reuters, AFP, dpa)