The decision of pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit to extend their strike for a second day, on November 24, has prompted the cancellation of five more Lufthansa flights.
As on November 23, these were three flights bound for Munich and two for Frankfurt, with the corresponding return flights also scrapped.
Initially, the strike was scheduled for November 23 alone, but the pilots union decided to extend it after two courts rejected the airline’s attempts to block industrial action, reports in international media said.
Lufthansa said that 876 flights were cancelled on November 23, affecting 100 000 passengers, with the numbers rising to 912 flights and 115 000 passengers on November 24.
The strike is the result of a long-standing dispute between Lufthansa and the union over pay rises, which has disrupted the airline’s operations repeatedly over the past year.
Flights from Lufthansa Group airlines Germanwings, Eurowings, Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Brussels Airlines were not affected by the strike actions and would operate as planned, the airline said.
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