Lufthansa Pilots to not fly Long-Haul Flights on Tuesday
The Vereinigung Cockpit union, which represents pilots at Germany's Lufthansa, has announced another strike after contract talks broke down last week.
On Monday, the union said that in order to push their demands, pilots will not fly any long-haul flight from Frankfurt airport, major international airport located in Frankfurt in Germany, on Tuesday. Pilots have demanded early retirement benefits. According to them, Lufthansa, which is the largest airline in Europe, should keep a transition payment for those pilots who want an early retirement.
On the other hand, Lufthansa wants to cut those payments.
The Vereinigung Cockpit union has staged many short-term strikes in recent days. According to the union, the airline has not offered anything significant yet. The union said that it is necessary to stage a strike if Lufthansa does not promise to fulfill workers' demands.
Lufthansa has not unveiled whether it has planned any alternate routes to mitigate flight disruptions after Vereinigung Cockpit union announced that pilots would fly no long-haul flights on Tuesday.
This is the fifth time this year when Lufthansa pilots are going on strike. According to the union, Tuesday's strike will take place from 8 am to 11 pm.
Previous four strikes have resulted in cancellation of about 4,300 flights, forcing a number of travelers to make alternative transport plans.
There are around 5,400 pilots employed at Lufthansa. The airline's budget offshoot German low budget airlines, such as Germanwings, and Lufthansa Cargo wants to continue current retirement benefit system, under which, pilots can retire at 55.
Like other airlines, Lufthansa is facing the pressure to reduce costs after getting tough competition from low budget airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet. Besides, Middle East carriers like Etihad, airline of the United Arab Emirates, and Emirates, airline based in Dubai, are forcing Lufthansa to reduce its costs.
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