Two-day Lufthansa strike starts

Airline tries to help passengers after failed court challenge
Lufthansa has cancelled around 900 flights today and more will be axed on Thursday as pilots extend their previously announced strike for a further 24 hours
The Vereinigung Cockpit union’s continuation of its initial 24-hour walkout now runs until the end of Thursday night at 23:59.
For now, the strike affects only Lufthansa flights, not other group airlines such as CityLine, Germanwings, Eurowings, Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Brussels Airlines.
Lufthansa says it regrets the inconvenience caused to more than 100,000 passengers who will be affected by the strike, adding that it is trying to minimise the impact for them. Affected flights can be rebooked free of charge or refunded. Air tickets can be converted to Deutsche Bahn rail tickets for domestic flights.
Lufthansa lost an eleventh-hour legal bid to halt the strike, after making two legal challenges at labour courts in Frankfurt and Hesse on Tuesday.
The union is after a 3.66% average pay rise for the last five years, instead of the reality of no pay increases at all, as the airline had made €5 billion in profit during that time.
Reuters / BBC

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