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Lufthansa cancels all India flights due to pilot strike

| Updated on: Apr 02, 2014

Passengers booked on German airlines Lufthansa to Germany and onward are likely to face inconvenience as the airline has cancelled all six daily flights arriving and departing on April 2, 3 and 4 from India.

An airline spokesperson said while Lufthansa flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore arrived on Wednesday, these did not make the journey back to Germany due to a pilot strike.

The airline said Indian passengers travelling on Lufthansa flights from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai were informed before time. But passengers from abroad accommodated in hotels as the airline tried to accommodate them on other flights.

Transition Contracts

The disruption of flights is a result of a strike by the pilots union ‘Vereinigung Cockpit’ from April 2 to April 4.

The pilots are opposing the airline’s plans to end transition contracts, which were awarded to pilots retiring before the legal pension age of 65.

The union said the strike would hit every German airport from Wednesday through Friday. The industrial action also includes Lufthansa’s low-cost carrier, Germanwings.

In a statement the airline said it was taking several steps to minimise the strike’s impact on passengers.

Airline call centres and airport offices are trying to accommodate affected passengers on other airlines, including Swiss, Austrian, United, Air Canada and other Star Alliance partner airlines.

In addition passengers are also being re-booked on later Lufthansa flights when normal operations restart, the statement adds.

Published on April 02, 2014

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