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Austrian Airlines cancels Nordic flights

The Lufthansa subsidiary is forced to axe 140 flights as negotiations with employees commence.

Austrian Airlines has cancelled more than 140 out of 570 flights scheduled for March 6-7, as collective bargaining meetings with employees are expected to interrupt flight operations. These include its Nordic routes.

Affecting 10,000 passengers overall, the Lufthansa subsidiary says it has adjusted operations and thinned out schedules by 25% during this period as a precautionary measure.

This includes flights between Vienna and both Copenhagen and Stockholm, as well as to Amsterdam, Basel, Brussels, Budapest, Bucharest, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Geneva, Hamburg, Leipzig, Lyon, Milan, Moscow, Munich, Prague, Salzburg, Sofia, Stuttgart, Tehran, Venice, Yerevan, Zagreb and Zurich.

The trade union Vida says strikes cannot be ruled out, branding Austrian Airlines’ offer of a 2.1% inflation compensation and one-time payment of 1.4% “unacceptable”.

The airline, which has almost 4,000 cockpit and crew members, says it considers the two-day meeting – set for Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning – “completely disproportionate”.

It adds that a labour dispute while negotiations continue is a wrong-headed approach to securing better salaries and more jobs.

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