Sunday, September 7, 2014

Germany: Luthansa Cancels 200 Flights Resulting in 25,000 Passengers Having to Change Flights

According to The Latin American Tribune, more than 200 Lufthansa flights had to be cancelled on Friday (September 5), affecting around 25,000 passengers, as pilots working for the German airline walked off their jobs over a retirement dispute, the airline said.

The cancelled flights were scheduled between 1500 and 2100 hours GMT from Frankfurt. Lufthansa will rebook affected passengers on other airlines and also provide train tickets on domestic routes, an airline spokesman said.

In a statement, the Vereinigung pilots’ union said Lufthansa operated flights on Airbus A-320, Boeing B-737 and Embraer aircraft would be affected.

COMMENT: The strike was called to back the pilots’ demands that the airline reinstate allowing pilots to choose early retirement at the age of 60, following a similar strike held last week by the pilots of Germanwings, Lufthansa’s budget subsidiary.

The pilots’ union said it was prepared to continue negotiations on the issue to reach an agreement so future walkouts could be avoided.

“We regret any inconvenience to Lufthansa customers,” the union statement said.

The current retirement system allows pilots to stop working at the age of 55 and receive 60% of their basic salary.