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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.

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The pilots are also asking
for a salary increase of 10 per cent. They staged a strike last week at
Lufthansa's Germanwings subsidiary.