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Almost 900 Lufthansa flights have been canceled after the company lost an eleventh-hour legal bid to halt a pilots strike.

The two-day strike over pay began at midnight local time, with Lufthansa saying about 100,000 passengers will be affected.

Flights by Lufthansa’s other airlines including Eurowings, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines are not affected, the company said.

The industrial action is part of a long-running pay dispute at Lufthansa.

Lufthansa pilots strike has triggered the cancelation of 1,511 flights

The pilots’ union, Vereinigung Cockpit, has organized 14 strikes since April 2014.

On November 22, Lufthansa made two legal challenges to halt the strike.

A Frankfurt labor court first rejected Lufthansa’s application for an injunction. Later in the evening, the Hesse state labor court rejected the airline’s appeal.

Pay talks between the Vereinigung union and Lufthansa broke down earlier this month, and Lufthansa said the union had “consistently rejected the offer” of mediation.

The Vereinigung is calling for a 3.7% pay rise for 5,400 pilots dating back to 2012.

Lufthansa, which is facing increasing competition from budget rivals, offered a 2.5% increase over the six years until 2019.

Meanwhile, a separate dispute with cabin crew at Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary, Eurowings, led it to cancel more than 60 flights on November 22.


Lufthansa has announced the cancelation of 3,800 flights for this week because of a strike by pilots over pay and working conditions.

The company said 425,000 passengers would be affected by the stoppages, due to take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (April 2 to April 4).

Lufthansa added it would inform passengers via text message or email about the flight changes.

Its freight carrier, Lufthansa Cargo, will also be affected.

Lufthansa said the impact on profits would be “in the range of tens of millions of euros”.

Lufthansa has announced the cancelation of 3,800 flights for this week because its pilots strike

Lufthansa has announced the cancelation of 3,800 flights for this week because its pilots strike

“The announcement alone has already caused significant damages since passengers have already rebooked flights and logistic customers have made arrangements with other cargo airlines to secure the transport of their goods,” Lufthansa said in a statement.

“During the three-day walkout by Cockpit teams, there will only be around 500 short- and long-haul flights by Lufthansa and Germanwings,” the statement added.

However, the group said that pilots at its other airlines, including Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings, Lufthansa CityLine and Air Dolomiti, would not take part in the strike.

Lufthansa added that where possible, these airlines would “use larger planes on routes from and to Germany in order to bring as many rebooked Lufthansa passengers as possible to their destinations”.

Lufthansa said the strike would be one of the biggest walkouts in its history.

It is the third strike to hit Frankfurt airport, Lufthansa’s home base, in six weeks.

Lufthansa’s management is urging the pilots’ union, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), to restart negotiations as soon as possible.

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