Lufthansa pilots go on strike today

30 Sep 2014 by Tamsin Cocks

Lufthansa pilots’ union, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), has announced it will go on strike between 6am and 9pm (local time) today.

Pilots are protesting against changes to an early retirement scheme, which allows them to retire at 55 and retain some of their pay until they reach the state pension age.

As a result, Lufthansa has been forced to cancel 50 long-haul flights to and from its Frankfurt hub.

This is the fifth strike action to hit the company in four weeks and comes just days after the two-week Air France strike, which ended on Sunday.

“The walkout will again severely damage our reputation and erode confidence in our airline’s reliability. The VC union’s repeated resort to strike action will damage Lufthansa with unforeseeable consequences for all 120,000 employees, including the pilots”, said a Lufthansa spokesperson.

A special flight timetable has been posted on the airline’s website listing cancellations and delays. Passengers whose flights are cancelled due to the strike can rebook or cancel their flight free of charge.

The Lufthansa hub in Munich will not be impacted by the strike, while flights to and from Düsseldorf, and short-haul flights to and from Frankfurt, will also operate as scheduled. Furthermore, flights operated by the Lufthansa Group airlines Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, German wings, SWISS and Air Dolomiti will not be affected either.

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Tamsin Cocks

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