The German airline pilots’ union has been on strike again in its pay dispute with Lufthansa’s regional subsidiary airlines Eurowings and CityLine. The walkout started at midday on Tuesday and is due to last until Wednesday evening. Lufthansa says during that time it will have had to cancel almost 1,000 flights.
The dispute has been going on for months. The industrial action follows the break down of talks. A 24-hour walkout at the start of July led to the cancellation of more than six hundred flights.
Lufthansa said it has offered CityLine pilots a five and a half per cent raise plus one-off payments over 18 months. Those at Eurowings have been offered a six and a half per cent pay rise over two years plus one-off payments.
In a separate pay dispute involving Lufthansa ground staff and cabin crews, Germany’s Verdi trade union is holding a ballot on possible strike action later this year.