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Lufthansa cancels almost all flights tomorrow as pilots go on strike

German flag carrier Lufthansa will cancel 800 flights tomorrow as Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo pilots go on strike. Due to the strike, the airline announced tomorrow that it will cancel almost all flights to and from Frankfurt and Munich airports.

The European aviation industry has gone on strike at its fair share this summer. SAS, Iberia Express and Lufthansa are just a few of the affected airlines. For Lufthansa, this is not the first offensive action. Earlier this summer, the German flag carrier canceled most flights for 24 hours after a similar strike by his handling staff at German airports.

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800 flights canceled tomorrow

Lufthansa canceled about 800 flights to and from both Frankfurt and Munich airports tomorrow. Several additional flights will have to be canceled tonight ahead of the strike, which will begin at 00:01 local time and end at 23:59. . Lufthansa expects 130,000 passengers to be affected by the cancellations and the disruption is expected to continue into the weekend.

Lufthansa and Lufthansa Cargo pilots will go on strike tomorrow.Photo: Getty Images

This weekend means a likely busy travel period for German airlines as the summer holidays end in Hesse (the federal state with Frankfurt Airport), Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland.

2 days notice

The Vereinigung Cockpit, the trade union behind the strike, announced the strike yesterday after wage negotiations with Germany’s flag carrier failed. Lufthansa has very little time to sort out the ducks. The decision to cancel the flight was really the only option, as no airline flight would operate without a pilot. Regarding the impact on passengers, the airline said:

“Passengers affected by the cancellation will be notified immediately and will be rebooked on another flight if possible.”

However, rebooking passengers for such flights may not be so easy. Given the timing of the strike, flights for the next few days are likely already fully booked and there is not enough space to accommodate a full day’s worth of canceled passengers on busy routes. is further complicated by rival airlines on which passengers are usually rebooked.


130,000 Lufthansa passengers are expected to be disrupted by the strike.Photo: Oliver Ressler via Lufthansa

why strike?

So why are Lufthansa and Lufthansa pilots on strike? Lufthansa pilots should be offered significantly improved compensation from the airline, according to the union.the team said “I haven’t received enough offers” from Lufthansa and both parties “It’s too far away now.”Union spokesman Matthias Beyer said:

“[Lufthansa] Lufthansa used yesterday’s day of negotiations but did not use it to move towards union demands with an improved offer. is a forward-looking solution to compensation structures for all occupational groups. “

Lufthansa says the union’s current demands will add about 900 million euros in personnel costs.Photo: Oliver Ressler via Lufthansa

Lufthansa’s chief human resources officer and labor director, Michael Nigemann, said he did not understand the union’s call to strike. he added

“Management has put forward a very good and socially balanced proposition, despite the continued burden of the Covid crisis and the uncertain outlook for the global economy. at the expense of

The airline said it offered pilots a monthly base salary increase of 900 euros ($902.89) in two stages. So an entry-level co-pilot would get him 18% more, and an experienced captain about 5% more. According to the airline, the union’s current demands will increase labor costs by around €900 million, or more than 40%, over the next two years.

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  • Tom Boone-169

    Lufthansa

    IATA/ICAO code:
    LH/DLH

    Airline type:
    full service carrier

    Hub:
    Frankfurt Airport, Munich Airport

    Founded year:
    1953

    Alliance:
    star alliance

    Airline Group:
    Lufthansa Group

    CEO:
    Kirsten Spohr

    Country:
    Germany

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