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Lufthansa cancels 800 flights on Friday due to pilot strike

Lufthansa logo at Munich airport during a warning strike staged by Lufthansa ground staff after the German public sector trade union Verdi demanded over 9.5% wages on July 27, 2022 in Munich, Germany Seen as a waiting passenger. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) had to cancel 800 flights on Friday after pilots’ union announced a one-day strike, potentially affecting 130,000 passengers said to be sexual.

The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union said late Wednesday that wage negotiations had fallen through and Lufthansa pilots launched a 24-hour strike after midnight on Thursday, affecting both passenger and cargo services.read more

Lufthansa said the flight cancellations will affect Frankfurt and Munich airports, adding that some flights will also have to be canceled on Thursday.

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VC is demanding a 5.5% wage increase for its more than 5,000 pilots this year, followed by automatic inflation compensation.

A Lufthansa spokesperson said Thursday that it hopes to return to negotiations as soon as possible.

Strikes and staff shortages have already forced airlines, including Lufthansa, to cancel thousands of flights this summer, resulting in hours-long queues at major airports, and even worse after COVID-19 lockdowns. It’s frustrating for the travel-loving vacationer.

Lufthansa is facing a strike this year by security guards and ground staff over pay.

The airline said it was doing everything possible to minimize the impact of Friday’s pilots’ strike, but it could not rule out the possibility of cancellations or delays over the weekend. did.

Airline shares fell 3.5% at 0930 GMT.

Lufthansa’s human resources officer, Michael Nigemann, said the strike was incomprehensible and defended the airline’s “very good and socially balanced” proposal.

Lufthansa has offered cockpit staff a contract that guarantees a minimum aircraft size, with additional base salaries totaling €900 ($901.35) per month in two stages over an 18-month period.

Germany’s cartel office on Thursday banned Lufthansa from terminating its long-term cooperation agreement with charter airline Condor until further notice, preventing the state-owned carrier from competing on long-haul routes. said that

Lufthansa said it took note of the cartel office’s decision, adding: “However, because it does not share the views of the federal cartel, it will submit its decision to judicial review.”

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Written by Miranda Murray.Edited by Clarence Fernandez, Kirsty Knoll and Susan Fenton

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