Lufthansa Forced to Cancel 2,618 Flights as Pilots Extend Strike Into Fourth Day

It said it pays pilots more than its competitors, and claimed the future of the airline was at stake,
“As members of the executive board, we are responsible for more than 120,000 employees and want to keep Lufthansa viable for the future,” said Harry Hohmeister, a senior Lufthansa executive. Lufthansa said it plans to operate a few long haul flights on Saturday despite the strike. 24, 2016. The airline is encouraging customers to check the status of their flight online, saying many will operate as usual. Lufthansa said it had offered to enter arbitration with the union in an attempt to resolve the dispute. They also claim that top company executives have seen their pay rise by as much as 30 percent in recent years, while board members have received even bigger hikes. The airline has booked thousands of hotel rooms in Frankfurt and Munich, and set up folding cots at Frankfurt airport for passengers who can’t leave its terminals due to visa restrictions. Last year, a strike by flight attendants forced Lufthansa to cancel about 4,700 flights over seven days. “Seriously @lufthansa? Meanwhile, it is trying to cope with stranded passengers. Airplanes of German airline Lufthansa are parked at the Franz-Josef-Strauss airport in Munich, southern Germany, on Nov. “That will not be possible with a demand for a 20 percent increase in pay.”
Shares in the airline have fallen 2.3 percent so far this week. Lufthansa’s pilots say they have gone without a pay rise for more than five years. They are asking for an average annual increase of 3.7 percent. Other Lufthansa Group carriers — which include Eurowings, Germanwings, SWISS and Austrian Airlines — have not been affected. Canceled flight home for Thanksgiving canceled without any explanation?” complained one Twitter user. More cancellations are expected Saturday. A bitter pay dispute at Lufthansa will disrupt flights for a fourth consecutive day after pilots extended their strike through Saturday. The airline said about 550,000 passengers were affected by the strike, which was the longest in its history. Frustrated customers have taken their complaints to social media. It has already affected 315,000 passengers and forced Lufthansa to cancel 2,618 flights. It has also apologized to customers and said that passengers will not be charged a fee to rebook. In support of their case, they point to record profits at the airline. (Credit: CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)
The strike began Wednesday and was originally planned for 24 hours.