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Lufthansa pilot union offers fresh talks


Airline must cut costs to compete with budget carriers
Pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit has offered fresh talks with Lufthansa following its two-day strike this week, a day after a court in Germany ruled the strike was unlawful.
The union is proposing one of three days for talks next week, to focus solely on the issue of early retirement benefits, saying, “This agreement has the highest priority for us and we look forward to constructive talks.”
A Lufthansa spokesman responded, “We’ll have a look to see if one of the proposed dates will work for us.”
News agency Reuters reports that “industry watchers have applauded Lufthansa for standing its ground and pressing ahead with its plans despite the strikes”.
It needs to cut costs if it is to compete with budget rivals like Ryanair. Aviation analyst CAPA estimates that Ryanair’s costs are 60% below those of Lufthansa’s main brand.


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