Lufthansa To Cancel Nearly 1,000 Flights On Monday, Strike Extended

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Lufthansa cabin crew will widen their two-city strike to Munich on Monday.

The strike will affect about 113,000 passengers and ground 929 flights according to the large German airline.

German Press Agency reports:

The walkout, launched on Friday by the flight attendants union Ufo to try to secure retirement benefits, hit the Frankfurt and Dusseldorf airports during its first two days, cancelling 800 flights and affecting more than 95,000 travellers.

Sunday’s operations returned largely to normal, Lufthansa said, after flight attendants declared an intermission in their strike, which is to continue through Friday in what is to be the longest walkout in the airline’s history.

“Our guests must assume that their flights with Lufthansa will be cancelled through Friday,” Ufo’s Nicoley Baublies said.

The union has had no contact with Lufthansa since emergency talks that the airline called on Thursday to try to avoid the strike, he said.

Salary negotiations involving 19,000 of the airline’s cabin crew have been going on for two years.

Lufthansa wants to lower retirement benefits for staff it hires in the future, link benefits to market returns on investment and restrict the practice of taking early retirement at 55.

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