Lufthansa pilots strike over wages
Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, said it cancelled 890 flights yesterday after pilots again extended their strike in an ongoing dispute over wages. Lufthansa said that some 98,000 passengers on short and long-haul flights are affected. The Cockpit union has been staging strikes with 24 hours’ notice since last week, and it remains far apart from Lufthansa in a pay dispute that has dragged on for more than two years. So far the strikes have not affected Lufthansa subsidiaries Eurowings, Germanwings, Austrian Air and Swiss. Cockpit is seeking retroactive raises of 3.66 per cent a year going back five-anda-half years. Lufthansa offered to increase pilot pay by 4.4 per cent by mid-2018, and make a one-time payment equal to 1.8 monthly salaries in lieu of past raises.