Lufthansa’s pilot union is striking again on Monday and Tuesday (December 1-2, 2014) this week resulting more than thousand flight cancellations.
The pilot’s union has had these strikes several times this year due change in retirement age and other benefits for new pilots (but wouldn’t affect current ones).
Here is an excerpt from the Reuters:
(Reuters) – German flagship carrier Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) canceled 1,350 flights, or 48 percent of scheduled services, for Monday and Tuesday as its pilots prepared to go on strike, their ninth walkout this year.
The canceled short-, medium- and long-haul flights will affect 150,000 passengers and wipe another single-digit million euro sum off the airline’s earnings, according to analyst estimates.
Pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) called the two-day strike at the carrier, starting at midday on Monday, after talks over an early retirement scheme for pilots, developed decades ago, broke down late last week.
Industrial action in the long-running dispute has already wiped 160 million euros ($200 million) off Lufthansa’s operating profit, adding to pressure from a stuttering global economy and increased competition.
Remember that Lufthansa is not required to provide compensation per EC 261/2004 due to industrial strike, but they are required to provide care and rebook you on other airlines, where possible, or provide refunds even on non-refundable tickets.
Remember that the spillover from this two day strike will going to affect flights on Wednesday as well, so do check that your flight is operating and/or is still on schedule.
I really hope that Lufthansa and it’s pilot union can reach an agreement that would fit both parties needs. These unannounced strikes closer to Christmas and New Years holidays will cost the airline some real money and in the end may ultimately drive people away from the airline entirely.