[Video] Lufthansa Cancellations at Frankfurt Continue amid Latest Pilot Strike Action
Germany’s largest airline Lufthansa has been forced to cancel 50 long-haul flights into and out of Frankfurt Airport due to pilot strikes.
The disruption began last night and is expected to last into Wednesday, with the industrial action scheduled to run from 6am to 10pm today.
Pilots are concerned over the status of their early retirement scheme and have been at loggerheads with the company for much of the year.
The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) trade union, representing 5,400 Lufthansa pilots, wants the airline to maintain a scheme that allows them to retire at the age of 55 and still receive up to 60 percent of their pay before regular pension payments start.
Lufthansa, however, have remained defiant over the series and events to date and continue to criticise the actions of the union.
"The continuing strikes by Vereinigung Cockpit could cause damage with unforeseeable consequences for all 120,000 employees, including the pilots," it said in a statement.
The company has offered to keep the pension scheme running for pilots who arrived at the company before this year, but new recruits are being subjected to an increased earliest retirement age, a move that VC has deemed unfair.
This latest strike is the fifth by Lufthansa pilots in what has been a tumultuous summer.
Here is a video Lufthansa posted to its customers:
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