Lufthansa strike set to extend to subsidiary airlines

Lufthansa pilots strike now affecting intercontinental flights

FRANKFURT – The pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit has announced a strike for all Lufthansa flights operated by the aircraft types A320, Boeing 737, and Embraer departing between 13.00 CEST on October 20th to 23.59 CEST on October 21st.

During the strike period disruptions of Lufthansa short- and medium-haul flights are expected. For Tuesday, October 21st, the strike has been extended to Lufthansa intercontinental flights as well.

The strike will have significant effects on Lufthansa flights. Flights operated by the Lufthansa Group airlines Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Germanwings, SWISS and Air Dolomiti (operated by OS, SN, 4U, LX, EN) will not be affected and operate as scheduled.

The union representing Lufthansa’s pilots has announced a new 35-hour strike against the airline’s short-haul fleet starting Monday, the latest in a string of walkouts over retirement benefits.

The two sides are fighting over the pilots’ demand that Lufthansa keep paying a transition payment for those wanting to retire early. The airline, facing tough competition from budget airlines and major Gulf carriers, wants to cut those payments.

The Lufthansa strike will start hours after train drivers at Germany’s national railway end a two-day walkout in an unrelated pay dispute. Their union says it won’t strike again for the next week.



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