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Lufthansa's Pilots Strike, 800 Flights Grounded

3 September 2022 02:58

Rundreds of Lufthansa flights were canceled Friday, as pilots staged a one-day strike to press their demands for better pay, and conditions at Germany's biggest carrier. 

The airline said about 800 flights were grounded at its two biggest hubs, Frankfurt and Munich, due to the walkout. More than a 100 thousand passengers would be affected.

Lufthansa said, it had offered a one-off increase of 900 euros, amounting to a 5 percent increase for senior pilots, and an 18 percent increase for those starting the profession. 

The pilots union Vereinigung cockpit had called for a 5 and a half percent raise this year. 

In addition,  pilots are seeking a new pay and holiday structure that the airline said would increase its staffing costs by about 40 percent, or some 900 million euros over two years.

Strikes are a common tactic in labor disputes in Germany, where powerful unions have traditionally ensured good conditions for workers.