Lufthansa Pilots On Strike Again October 20-21, 2014

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Lufthansa pilots strikes continues this week. The two day strike will begin at 1PM on Monday affecting Airbus A320, Boeing 737 and Embraer flights. On Tuesday, the intercontinental flights will be included as well.

Lufthansa Strike October 20 & 21 2014

Lufthansa hasn’t updated its website regarding the flight cancellations for Tuesday yet. The airline will likely be able to operate some of the intercontinental flights despite the pilot strike as it did few weeks ago.

You can access Lufthansa’s website for the strike information here.

Here’s an excerpt from Bloomberg (read the entire article here):

Lufthansa has already canceled thousands of flights because of strike action this year, including 3,800 over three days in April, driving management to cut earnings forecasts in June. The airline aims to operate about one-third, or 700, of its short-haul connections over the next two days using volunteer and management pilots, spokesman Martin Riecken said.

The action is “not understandable and in no way proportionate,” Lufthansa said in a statement yesterday.

Vereinigung Cockpit wants the carrier to reinstate benefits withdrawn last year that were paid to flight crew retiring before they receive the state pension. Lufthansa wants to raise the retirement age to 60 years from 55 as part of a wider cost-cutting and productivity program.

Conclusion

Remember that the airline is not required provide compensation per EC 261/2004 caused by this strike action.

The airline, however, has duty to care meaning that Lufthansa is required to book the affected passengers on other airlines such as British Airways or Emirates. They may not volunteer without you having to request this. Lufthansa is also required to provide hotel accommodation and meal vouchers for affected passengers.

The spillover from this strike will affect flights on Wednesday as well.

Let’s hope that the pilot union and Lufthansa would soon reach an agreement. These never ending strikes will not build confidence among the flying public.

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