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Frankfurt airport staff in walkout

A group of ground staff at Frankfurt airport are beginning a new three-day strike in a long-running pay dispute.

The GdF union called the strike from 9pm local time on Sunday (8pm GMT) until 5am (4am GMT) on Thursday after the latest talks collapsed. It follows a three-day strike last week at Europe's third-busiest airport.

Airport operator Fraport said it kept more than 80% of flights running last week and expects to do so during the latest walkout. But German news agency dapd reported that Lufthansa has cancelled some 140 flights for Monday.

Fraport has criticised GdF demands for double-digit wage increases for around 200 workers who oversee operations on the tarmac. The union says it just wants Frankfurt salaries brought into line with other airports.

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