Pilots in German airline Lufthansa launched a two-day strike in a pay dispute and cancelled on Wednesday about 900 flights and scrapped another 912 booked for Thursday.
On Wednesday, the cockpit union were the first to initiate a 24hour strike. But after Lufthansa attempted and failed to have courts obstruct the walkout late Tuesday night, it said that they would likewise strike on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the company crossed out 876 of the Lufthansa group’s intended 3,000 flights, among them 51 long-haul flights, and said that around 100,000 travelers were affected.
It later cancelled 912 of around 3,000 planned flights booked for Thursday, including 82 long-haul flights and affecting around 115,000 travelers. The airline expressed “complete incomprehension” at the Cockpit union’s choice to broaden the strike.
Lufthansa said that Swiss and Austrian Airlines expanded their ability on flights to Germany, utilizing greater planes than common. So therefore, other Lufthansa group airlines, for example, Eurowings, Swiss and Austrian Airlines aren’t affected by the strike.
The most recent strike by Cockpit is the fourteenth since April 2014 in the long-running dispute. It comes as Lufthansa rebuilds to meet expanding rivalry from Gulf aircrafts and European budget barriers.
Cockpit says the carrier has been posting “very good numbers for years,” yet that its pilots haven’t seen any ensuing boosts in salary.
Cockpit’s compensation requests go “far beyond what other groups of employees have received,” said Lufthansa faculty boss Bettina Volkens.
As for travelers who don’t have visas to enter Germany, Lufthansa said it had set up around 400 camp beds at Frankfurt airplane terminal for travelers, and held almost 4,000 inn rooms in the Frankfurt and Munich areas as a safety measure for Wednesday night.