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Strike to hit Lufthansa Cargo today and tomorrow

The German pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit has struck again, this time calling a strike for today and tomorrow at Lufthansa Cargo, in the ongoing arguments about retirement benefits. But the airline is putting on a brave face, insisting the airline plans to operate all of its flights.

The strike is Lufthansa pilots’ sixth so far in 2014, but the first to target only air freight unit.

The walkout began this morning at 03:00 and will continue until October 9 at 22:30, hitting all Lufthansa Cargo flights leaving German airports.

But Lufthansa said in a statement on Tuesday: “Good news for customers of Lufthansa Cargo: the airline plans to operate all of its flights despite the walkout announced by the pilots’ union, Vereinigung Cockpit. The strike was set to ground all cargo flights scheduled to depart from Frankfurt on Wednesday and Thursday. Two flights will be departing earlier than scheduled, allowing them to bypass the strike period. As Lufthansa Cargo usually flies about half of its freight in the bellies of Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines passenger aircraft, the effects for customers will be kept at an absolute minimum.”

Reuters

[pictured: Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental, photo by John Crozier, courtesy Boeing]

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