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Strike forces Lufthansa to axe 1,000 flights


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Strike forces Lufthansa to axe 1,000 flights

Germany’s national carrier Lufthansa cancelled 1,000 flights on Friday following a 24 hour strike by cabin crew.

Unions called the walkout after management refused to meet demands for a five per cent pay raise.

But both sides have already agreed to return to the negotiating table.

Lufthansa customers in Frankfurt Airport criticised the airline’s handling of the strike.

“We were not informed at all by Lufthansa whether our flight is flying or not, I got that information only from the internet,” said one young woman waiting in the departure lounge.

A male passenger described the strike as “maybe understandable” because of the airline’s use of “cheap contract workers”.
“But the fact that it came to such an extreme is not great,” he said.

As well as Frankfurt, five other airports were affected across Germany, including Berlin Tegel.

Lufthansa’s previous offer to unions was a raise of 3.6 percent in exchange for longer hours.

The airline says the strike has cost the company ten million euros so far.

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