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Hundreds more flights cancelled as Lufthansa strike continues

Published 30/11/2016

The Lufthansa pay dispute has been going on for two years
The Lufthansa pay dispute has been going on for two years

Germany's largest airline, Lufthansa, cancelled 890 flights on Wednesday after pilots again extended their strike in an ongoing dispute over wages.

Lufthansa said some 98,000 passengers on short- and long-haul flights are affected.

The Cockpit union has been staging strikes with 24 hours' notice since last week, and it remains far apart from Lufthansa in a pay dispute that has dragged on for more than two years.

So far the strikes have not affected Lufthansa subsidiaries such as Eurowings, Germanwings, Austrian Air and Swiss.

Cockpit is seeking retroactive raises of 3.66% a year going back five-and-a-half years.

Last Friday, Lufthansa offered to increase pilots' pay by 4.4% by mid-2018, and make a one-time payment equal to 1.8 monthly salaries in lieu of past rises.

AP

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