Lufthansa pilot strike extended to hit long haul

Lufthansa’s long-haul pilots to strike during Thursday
The pilots’ strike that began late last night is being extended to hit long-haul flights tomorrow. The Vereinigung Cockpit union says Lufthansa’s long-distance pilots will strike during Thursday.
Today’s 24-hour strike is affecting short and medium-haul flights although the group’s low-cost carriers Germanwings and Eurowings are not disrupted. Flights in Scandinavia, namely to and from Stockholm, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Oslo and Helsinki, are among more than 400 domestic and European flights cancelled on Wednesday.
The strikes continue a long-running dispute over Lufthansa’s planned changes to retirement benefits for new pilots. At the moment, the airline’s pilots can retire at 55 and get up to 60% of their salary until normal pensions start at the age of 65. The airline wants to increase the early retirement age. Strikes over the issue cost Lufthansa up to €200 million in 2014.
AFP, dpa
[pictured: Lufthansa pilots; courtesy Lufthansa]

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