Lufthansa cabin crew walk out forces 700 flight cancellations in Germany
Frankfurt : More than 700 flights failed to take off after the Lufthansa airline's cabin crew announced a 48-hour strike over pay and pension on Thursday.
The airline's has announced that on Thursday and Friday, around 1300 flights will be kept out of the operations, affecting around 1,80,000 passengers. That amounts to about one in five of Lufthansa's planned 6,000 flights over the two-day period.
With this, the table on Frankfurt airport showed a score of planes marked as cancelled.
A Lufthansa official has been quoted in a news report as confirming that around 400 flights will remain cancelled on the Frankfurt airport alone with an additional 250 in Munich and some more at smaller airports, bringing the total number to 700 on Thursday.
The flight attendants union, better known as UFO, has also claimed possibilities of the strike continuing beyond Friday, resulting in more troubles for the passengers booked on the flights.
Lufthansa airlines and the union had been talking dispute over the legal status of the union. Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr on Thursday announced new talks with unions including UFO.