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Largest strike in corporate history hits Lufthansa

English.news.cn   2014-04-02 18:30:33

BERLIN, April 2 (Xinhua) -- Lufthansa pilots began their three-day strike on Wednesday, kicking off the largest strike in Lufthansa's corporate history and largely paralyzing air traffic at Europe's largest airline.

However, local media reported no chaos at Germany's two largest airports, Frankfurt and Munich, as a spokesman from the latter described the situation as "manageable."

"At the moment everything is running in a manageable way. The people were well informed and everything stayed calm in the terminal."

He also added that the airport has established enough cots and set up aid stations and family areas for those traveling with small children.

A spokesman for Munich airport also told local media that it was very quiet and travelers were well informed, saying: "The passengers who wanted to fly did not come."

As a result of the strike action, which the German pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) planned for the period from Wednesday to Friday, Lufthansa announced Monday it would cease its business operations almost completely by canceling 3,800 flights scheduled for the three days.

The all-out strike is intended to increase pressure on the Lufthansa management as VC is demanding a 10 per cent salary increase and the maintaining of in-house early retirement at the age of 55 for the 5,400 pilots.

According to an estimate by Metzler analyst Juergen Pieper, Lufthansa is set to lose an operating profit of 30 to 50 million euros (69 million U.S. dollars) due to the strike.

Meanwhile, Lufthansa personnel manager Bettina Volkens also told local media that the strike would cost Lufthansa a double-figure million sum.

Last week, Lufthansa also canceled more than 600 flights as a precautionary measure due to a warning strike of airport personnel.

Editor: Shen Qing
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