Lufthansa Pilots Strike: 800 Flights Canceled

Travel News — By Nicole Lerner on February 22, 2010 at 10:57 am

UPDATE:  The striking Lufthansa pilots have agreed to suspend the walkout. According to Reuters, the union “agreed late on Monday to suspend the strike until March 8 to give the deadlocked parties a chance to resume talks.”

Original post: In what’s being called the “biggest strike in German aviation history,” thousands of air passengers around the world are feeling the consequence of a four-day strike by 4,000 pilots. Roughly 800 of the 1800 daily flights operated by Lufthansa, including many long-haul flights to the U.S.,  have been grounded today alone.

Passengers around the world are sharing their experiences on the BBC; many becoming stranded with few options for relief provided by the airline. CNN notes the strike comes “after a last-ditch effort at negotiations over pay and job security failed.” Union members of Vereinigung Cockpit fear Lufthansa plans to substitute its members with less well-paid pilots from the airline’s new Austrian, British, and Belgian subsidiaries. Lufthansa estimates the strike will cost the company upwards of €25 million a day and has applied for a court injunction.

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