Lufthansa Cancels 1000 Flights on Wednesday


Frankfurt: German airline Lufthansa announced the cancelation of 1000 flights in and out of Germany on Wednesday due to the pilots’ strike.

The airliner on Tuesday said that it had filed a court injunction in a bid to prevent the industrial action — the 13th walkout in 18 months — as the company struggles to end a long-running dispute over early retirement provisions.

“One thousand Lufthansa flights are cancelled, 140,000 passengers will be affected,” Lufthansa said in a statement after the pilots’ union, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), announced that it was extending a strike that began early Tuesday into a second day on Wednesday.

Out of a total 1,520 Lufthansa flights that should have flown on Wednesday, only just over 500 would go ahead, the carrier said.

Only Lufthansa services would be hit, while flights by the group’s other airlines, Germanwings, Swiss, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines would operate normally.