Lufthansa Pilots To Strike In Munich On Wednesday

September 9, 2014

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Lufthansa pilots will hold an eight-hour strike at Munich airport on Wednesday, the Vereinigung Cockpit union said on Tuesday, the third strike by the German airline's pilots in two weeks.

The pilots are seeking to increase the pressure on Lufthansa in negotiations over an early retirement scheme. They held a strike at its budget carrier Germanwings at the end of August, followed by a walkout at Frankfurt last week.

The proposed strike at Munich, Lufthansa's biggest airport after Frankfurt, will run from 1000 to 1800 local time, the union said.

While Lufthansa's lucrative long-haul flights were spared from last week's Frankfurt walkout, the union said on Tuesday that this time the strike would affect all flights leaving Munich airport.

Lufthansa said it could not yet say which flights would be affected and described the strike as "incomprehensible".

(Reuters)