Lufthansa pilots strike with more walkouts threatened


Lufthansa pilots on long-haul flights went on strike on Tuesday in the latest industrial action over pay, with further walkouts threatened by the union.

Short- and medium-haul flights are due to be affected by a further strike on Wednesday and a spokesman for union Vereinigung Cockpit said it would probably not be the last.

“Until further notice, it is possible that every week there will be new action,” Markus Wahl told reporters at Frankfurt airport.

Lufthansa said in a statement that it regretted any inconvenience caused and will do its best to keep disruption to a minimum, with over a half of flights still going ahead.

“Despite the labour action, Lufthansa is able to offer 90 of the scheduled long-haul flights to its passengers and all cargo flights,” it said.

Tuesday’s industrial action is the 13th in the current round of pay talks with the dispute focusing on pensions and the salary implications of corporate restructuring.