There were major delays for German air travellers on Monday from a one day strike by pilots with the country’s second largest carrier – Air Berlin/LTU.
The 16-hour stoppage was called by the pilots’ union Cockpit one day before talks were due to resume on a long running wage dispute. Airport authorities said some flights were cancelled and others suffered long delays. Cabin crews held a shorter strike in support of the pilots’ action. The dispute follow Air Berlin’s purchase of LTU two years ago. Air Berlin pilots earn less than those from LTU and have rejected an offer to partially make up the difference. The company did enjoy higher profits in the second quarter but is planning to cut more flights later this year, anticipating declining demand.