Lufthansa Cancels 3,800 Flights Due to April 2-4 Strike by Pilots


Lufthansa this week has cancelled 3,800 flights because of a 3-day strike by pilots. The strike is said to take effect on April 2, Wednesday, and is expected to end on April 4, Friday.


“We won’t let ourselves be given the run around by Lufthansa,” union Vereinigung Cockpit, which represents around 5,400 Lufthansa pilots, said in a statement on Friday.

Reports said that the airline normally operates around 1,800 flights a day. It said on Monday that the strike, which will run from 2200 GMT on April 1 until 2159 GMT on April 4, would cost it tens of millions of euros or an estimated 30-50 million euros ($41-$69 million) in earnings.

The pilots are striking over retirement conditions.

Lufthansa said it was considering its legal options but had not yet taken a decision on whether to launch action to prevent the strike.

The dispute between the company and the union is over so-called ‘transition contracts’ awarded to pilots retiring before the legal pension age. The airline is also negotiating with the pilots on a pay agreement for the contract period from May 2012.