Aviation

Lufthansa pilot strike: 900 more flights cancelled for Thursday

BERLIN: German flagship carrier Lufthansa said on Wednesday it had cancelled 912 flights for Thursday, grounding 115,000 more passengers as pilots extend their strike.

The airline had already scrapped nearly 900 flights that affected 100,000 passengers on Wednesday after pilots staged a walkout in a row over pay and working conditions, reports AFP.

Late on Wednesday, pilots’ union Cockpit called for the strike – its 14th since April 2014 — to continue through Friday, urging short-haul flight pilots to stay off work.

Meanwhile a separate walkout by cabin crew at Lufthansa’s low-cost airline Eurowings led to the cancellation of more than 60 flights at airports in Hamburg and Duesseldorf on Tuesday.

The Lufthansa pilots going on strike are demanding a pay rise of an average of 3.66 percent per year, retroactive for the past five years.

Their union says pilots have endured a wage freeze over that time and suffered a “significant loss of purchasing power” due to inflation, while Lufthansa has made billions in profits.

It had offered a 2.5 percent wage hike.

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