Germany's Lufthansa cancels 1300 flights because of strike

Daniel Fowler
November 7, 2019

The UFO union, which represents Lufthansa flight attendants, said that its members would walk off the job for 48 hours starting at midnight on Thursday.

A cabin crew strike at German airline Lufthansa has led to the cancellation of around 1 300 flights hitting 180 000 passengers over the next two days, the company said on Wednesday.

Bott and Co has predicted the strike could cost the Lufthansa over €66million owed to passengers affected, taking into consideration compensation and care and assistance expenses.

The carrier was putting together an alternative flight schedule where possible, it said, adding that affected passengers could rebook their journeys for free or swap their domestic flights for train tickets. Frankfurt's labor court and the Hesse region's labor court - acting as an appeal court - ruled that the union had legally called on its members to stage the stoppage.

It said that it will be able to operate 2300 of Thursday's 3000 planned flights and 2400 of those planned for Friday.

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UFO planned the warning strike to press Lufthansa for additional allowances at wage negotiations, citing what it claimed was management's "ongoing refusal" to negotiate.

A Frankfurt court earlier Wednesday rejected an attempt by Lufthansa to block the strike. The airline has cancelled around 1,300 flights for Thursday and Friday.

In addition to higher pay for cabin crew across the Lufthansa group, UFO is demanding more benefits and easier routes into long-term contracts for temporary workers.

As part of a dispute over pay and pensions, UFO has fought with the airline in court for months over the union's legal status.

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