Lufthansa pilots on strike again

8 Sep 2015 by Clement Huang

Lufthansa is bracing itself for a difficult time over the next two days, after labour disputes have once again led to strike action by its pilots.

According to the German carrier, many long-haul flights will be cancelled today, while short and medium haul operations will likewise be affected tomorrow. 

This represents the 13th strike since April 2014, which according to The Local has cost Lufthansa around €300 million (US$334 million).

Pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit announced yesterday that today's strike measures will commence from 0800 until 2359 local time.

The move will affect all long-haul services with Lufthansa departing from Germany, including those operated with the Airbus A380, A330, A340 and Boeing 747. 

In anticipation of the strike later today, Lufthansa has published a special flight schedule for today’s flights. The airline also claims that more than half of the scheduled flights will be operating. For passengers that will be affected, Lufthansa is offering the option of rebooking flights free of charge.  

Meanwhile, the strike action for short and medium-haul flights will commence on September 9 between 0001 and 2359. Lufthansa has stated that it is currently working on a special flight plan, which will be released as soon as possible.

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Clement Huang

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