UPDATE: Lufthansa pilots’ union is extending THIS strike to 24 hours, and may cause further disruption LATER this week and in the following weeks unless its 17-month-long dispute with management can be brought to an end. Expected hundreds of short and medium-haul flights to be cancelled into Wednesday.
Lufthansa has stated all passengers inconvenienced by cancelled flights will be able to rebook or cancel their booking free of charge or penalty.
More information here.
Unionized Lufthansa pilots have announced plans to strike (the 13th over the last 18 months) from 6pm until 10pm GMT on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, targeting inter-continental and cargo flights.
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The pilots’ union’s (Vereinigung Cockpit Union) press release states:
Affected are all departures with Lufthansa from Germany with the aircraft types A380, A330 / 340 and B747 – that is, all long-haul routes out of Germany that fall into this time. In addition, all departures of Lufthansa Cargo from Germany are on strike.
The walkout at the third largest airline in the world is posed to affect long-distance passenger and cargo flights as the pilots and Lufthansa management remain in a dispute over early retirement benefits and budgetary matters including crew wages.
According to Forbes:
Lufthansa suffered 10 strikes in 2014 with $250 million in estimated losses. In recent months, the union has hit various Lufthansa business divisions with more than a dozen short-term walkouts. This year’s costs have been calculated at over $100 million already – not including the inconvenience to passengers and the resulting chaos at airports as thousands of passengers have found themselves stranded.
You can read the Vereinigung Cockpit Union press release here (in German).
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