- Title: Lufthansa pilots start two-day strike, hundreds of flights cancelled
- Date: 23rd November 2016
- Summary: FRANKFURT, GERMANY (NOVEMBER 23, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS NIGHT SHOTS OF LUFTHANSA PLANES PARKED ON TARMAC AT FRANKFURT AIRPORT VARIOUS OF FLIGHT CANCELLATIONS ANNOUNCED ON DEPARTURES BOARD (SOUNDBITE) (German) LUFTHANSA PASSENGER, RAINER SIEDLE, SAYING: "It's pretty annoying. They could have come to an agreement beforehand. Sure, the pilots need to have a certain income, I understand that. But it's the passengers who suffer." (SOUNDBITE) (German) LUFTHANSA PASSENGER, ALEXANDRA TRINKMAYER, SAYING: "I think there are too many strikes at Lufthansa recently. It's pretty annoying. But for me personally, this is not a catastrophe. I guess if this happens once or twice in December it's acceptable, but not more often." PASSENGERS NEAR LUFTHANSA COUNTER VARIOUS OF DEPARTURES BOARD SHOWING CANCELLED FLIGHTS
- Embargoed: 8th December 2016 06:15
- Keywords: Germany Lufthansa strike pilots Frankfurt airport
- Location: FRANKFURT, GERMANY
- City: FRANKFURT, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Company News Markets,Economic Events
- Reuters ID: LVA00159NYHJB
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- Story Text: Lufthansa pilots in Germany began a two-day strike on Wednesday (November 23), grounding hundreds of flights at one of Europe's largest carriers in a bid to increase pressure on management in a long-running pay dispute.
The pilot's union initially called a walkout for 24 hours for Wednesday, but after two courts rejected attempts by Lufthansa to halt the strike, the union extended the strike for a further 24 hours until Friday.
The strike is the 14th to hit the airline in its row with the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union.
The airline said it had cancelled 876 of roughly 3,000 flights scheduled for Wednesday, affecting about 100,000 passengers.
One of them, Rainer Siedle, called the walkout "pretty annoying."
"They could have come to an agreement beforehand," he said, adding "sure, the pilots need to have a certain income, I understand that. But it's the passengers who suffer."
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