Lufthansa has cancelled almost half of its long-haul flights today due to a planned pilots’ strike.
Reports say the airline is also expecting cancellations to its short-haul flights tomorrow (Sept. 9) due to the job action.
Lufthansa says it will still operate 90 out of 170 planned long-haul flights and has published a special flight schedule to keep passengers up to date with cancellations.
The pilots’ union – Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) – is in a long-running dispute over pay, retirement benefits and cost cuts. Talks between VC and management broke down last week.
Lufthansa says a total of 1,500 passenger flights (including some 170 long-haul services) are scheduled to operate during the planned strike period. Any customers whose flight is cancelled as a result of the strike will be able to rebook or cancel their booking free of charge or penalty.
Flights operated by Lufthansa Group Airlines Germanwings, Air Dolomiti, Swiss and Austrian Airlines are not affected by any strike actions.