Strike forces Lufthansa to cancel more than 200 flights
Sept. 5, 2014, Berlin, Ger. - Lufthansa has cancelled more than 200 short-haul flights as a result of a planned six-hour strike by pilots at Frankfurt airport, its main hub.
September 5, 2014 By The Associated Press
The Vereinigung Cockpit union called pilots on Lufthansa's short-haul
fleet out on strike from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (15:00 to 21:00 GMT) Friday.
The airline cancelled a raft of flights to and from Frankfurt, the last
on Saturday morning.
The walkout is part of a
dispute over the pilots' demand that Lufthansa keep paying a transition
payment for those wanting to retire early. The airline, which faces
tough competition from European budget airlines and major Gulf airlines,
wants to cut those payments.
The pilots are also asking
for a salary increase of 10 per cent. They staged a strike last week at
Lufthansa's Germanwings subsidiary.