German airline Lufthansa announced the cancellation of hundreds of flights, including long-range Wednesday and Thursday, 23 and 24 November, respectively, in connection with the strike of the pilots, said Union Cockpit (VC), representing pilots and flight attendants, writes Interfax-Ukraine.
The pilots declared a strike, demanding higher wages.
On Wednesday from 3 876 thousand scheduled flights will be cancelled, this will affect about 100 thousand passengers, said in a statement the airline.
However, the strike will not affect flights of the Lufthansa subsidiary airlines, including Eurowings, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Brussels Airlines, said in a statement.
The current strike will be the 14th over the last two years.
Meanwhile, the trade Union Verdi called on the Eurowings flight attendants to conduct a strike in the airports of düsseldorf and Hamburg.
The capital’s Boryspil airport canceled eight flights to Germany and back due to the strike of the German airline Lufthansa.
«November 23 cancelled flights Kiev-Munich at 06:25 and 15:50, Munich-Kiev at 15:00 and 22:35, Kiev-Frankfurt at 06:00 and 14:05, Frankfurt-Kiev at 13:15 and 20:35», — stated in the message of the airport in Facebook.
For more detailed information, the administration recommends to learn directly from the company.
Pilots strike will last until Thursday evening, November 24.
According to the demand of the pilots ‘ Union Cockpit, as the wages of pilots is not increased for the past five years, management has to index its average for each year by 3.66%. In 2015, Lufthansa received a record profit in the current year results are expected similar results. Thus, in contrast to the flight personnel, the salaries of the members of the management Board and the Supervisory Board of the company was increased to 30%.
The company’s management proposes to increase the salaries of pilots by 2.5% (on the 20-month period until the end of 2018), but instead to make such changes in the plan that this increase loses practical sense.
Meanwhile, another trade Union Verdi, which unites the workers in the service industry, has urged cabin crew (flight attendants) Eurowings to strike in Hamburg and Dusseldorf is November 22. Earlier, in October, Eurowings flight attendants already were on strike, but the strike was organised by another trade Union, UFO, competing for the right to represent the interests of cabin crew.
We will remind, as of July 2016, Lufthansa took 10th place in the ranking of the best airlines in the world by British research company Skytrax.
The pilots of the German Lufthansa began a strike 23.11.2016