|Published : 22 Nov 2016, 21:32:22 | Updated : 22 Nov 2016, 21:39:50|
Lufthansa group hit by strikes, cancels 100s of flights
Cabin crew at Lufthansa’s budget unit Eurowings launched a 15-hour strike on Tuesday, causing dozens of flight cancelations, as the German carrier warned customers to prepare for a larger walk-out by pilots on Wednesday.
The Cockpit union announced on Monday that pilots of all short- and long-haul flights out of Germany will go on strike in a dispute over pay.
The airline said on Tuesday that "due to tomorrow's strike 876 of 3,000 LH Group flights had to be cancelled." It said about 100,000 passengers would be affected, including on 51 intercontinental connections.
The Cockpit union says the airline has been posting "very good numbers for years" but that its pilots haven't seen any consequent pay increases.
It has been asking for a 3.66 percent yearly raise for a period of 5 ½ years. Lufthansa has called the union's position "absolutely incomprehensible."
The disruptions follow a decision by the ver.di service workers' union to call on Eurowings cabin crew based in Duesseldorf and Hamburg to walk out on Tuesday from 5am to 8pm (0400-1900 GMT).
News agency dpa reports that 50 of 88 planned flights to and from Duesseldorf have been canceled, while at least seven departures and seven arrivals in Hamburg were scrapped.
The airline and two unions are in a long-running dispute over pay and conditions. The other union, UFO, staged a 24-hour walkout last month, according to AP. – bz