Germany’s flag-carrier, Lufthansa has cancelled more than 800 flights after it lost a legal challenge to try and stop a pilots’ strike. The company says flights by Lufthansa’s other airlines: Eurowings, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, and Brussels Airlines are not affected by the strike action, which began at midnight German time on the night of November 22nd/23rd. The strike action is centred around pay level disputes which have be ongoing since April 2014. Joerg Handwerg, representing for the pilots’ union, Vereinigung Cockpit, commented: “Let me make it very clear that going on strike gives us no pleasure.
“We are sorry for the passengers and we cannot understand why Lufthansa is unable to make a negotiable offer.”
He added: “We are ready at any time to return to the negotiating table. We can of course call off the strikes at any time but Lufthansa must show a willingness to budge.”
On November 22, Lufthansa made two legal bids to try and stop the strike going ahead but, firstly, a Frankfurt labour court threw out Lufthansa’s application for an injunction. Later the same evening, the Hesse state labour court dismissed the airline’s move.