More than half of Lufthansa’s scheduled flights operated as normal despite strikes

More than half of Lufthansa’s scheduled flights operated as normal despite strikes

TORONTO — Lufthansa’s flight operations are expected to largely return to normal from Wednesday onwards following strikes called by the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union.

Lufthansa’s special flight timetable for yesterday and today included around 1,450 of the 2,800 scheduled flights – more than 50%. All long-haul flights from Germany took off as scheduled yesterday.

Germanwings, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Air Dolomiti are not affected by the industrial action. Flight operations should largely return to normal when the strike comes to an end this Wednesday, Dec. 3, said the carrier.

Some 150,000 passengers are expected to have their travel plans disrupted by the cancellations.

“We are extremely sorry that we have to disappoint more than 150,000 of our customers. At the same time, we are happy that we managed to operate half of our scheduled flights on the two strike days despite the call for strikes made by the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union,” said Karl Ulrich Garnadt, member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Chairman of the Executive Board of Lufthansa German Airlines.