Lufthansa still cancelling flights despite strike's end

DDP/The Local
DDP/The Local - [email protected] • 4 Aug, 2008 Updated Mon 4 Aug 2008 11:50 CEST
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Lufthansa will cut 130 flights on Monday, and 41 flights each day thereafter, despite the end to a strike over the weekend.

The cancellations could be reduced in the coming days as the airline decreases the backlog of flights, an airline spokesperson said on Monday.

But it could also take up to two weeks for the airline to get its schedule back to normal after ten of thousands of Lufthansa workers walked off their jobs during the strike last week.

Lufthansa cancelled about 130 flights daily on Saturday and Sunday, roughly the same number of cancellations in the final days of the strike that ended with Saturday morning’s early shift. The continuing cancellations are due to a contingency plan the airline put into place to deal with the strike, the spokesman told German news service DDP.

Lufthansa estimates a total of 2,000 flights will have been cancelled due to the strike led by trade union Verdi.

Lufthansa employees walked off the job on July 28 amid an ongoing wage dispute with the company. A tentative wage deal announced on Friday would raise wages for 34,000 ground personnel by 5.1 percent from July 2008. Wages will increase a year later by another 2.3 percent. There will also be a one-time payment to employees.

The airline is directing passengers to its website www.lufthansa.com to check whether their flights have been affected.

Meanwhile the airline is facing threats of another strike from pilot's union Cockpit. Pilots for the airline's subsidiaries Cityline and Eurowings have already staged warning strikes in recent weeks and news magazine Der Spiegel reported that the union wants to increase pressure with further limited strikes.

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