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Strike forces Lufthansa to cancel 100 flights

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Some 100 Paris flights axed until early Monday morning

Lufthansa is cancelling around 100 flights to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle between this morning and early Monday morning in reaction to a ground-staff strike by over cost cuts.

The German airline’s normal schedule during the three-day period between airports in Germany and the busy hub of Charles de Gaulle would be about 100 flights, but this week these have been axed.

More than 150 workers are striking from 04:30 on Friday to 04:30 on Monday, to protest against Lufthansa’s plans to outsource ground operations at Charles de Gaulle to a third-party provider.

“It’s all the more unbearable that the group is much more profitable than, say, Air France,” said Franck Bonot, a representative of the union Unsa, which says the move would threaten 199 jobs.

But Lufthansa argues the Charles de Gaulle outsourcing plan is the best option for securing jobs. “We started a formal consultation process with the workers’ council and discussions with the unions in September, which is currently ongoing,” a Lufthansa spokesman said.

Lufthansa says that passengers booked on affected flights will be able to rebook or refund free of charge.

Reuters

[pictured: Airbus A330-300; courtesy Lufthansa]

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