Lufthansa has now cancelled more than 4,000 flights due to strike action by cabin staff this week. The airline estimates the action is costing the company at least €10million per day.
Cabin crew members from the Independent Flight Attendant’s Organisation (UFO) union have carried out a series of walkouts as part of a long-running dispute over pensions and retirement benefits but the airline’s CEO, Carsten Spohr, has said the airline will not give in to their demands. Mr Spohr said Lufthansa had made the mistake of giving in to staff strikes on previous occasions but added the airline would see the strike through this time. The current strike action period is due to end at 2359 on Friday November 13. Lufthansa says it is ready to enter into a mediation process if the strike action is called off but the UFO union says it will not enter into negotiations unless the airline drops that condition.
Lufthansa announced record profits in October but Mr Spohr says the company needs to cut costs now in order to cope with increasing competition from Europe’s low cost carriers.