Monday, November 9, 2015

Passengers wait for information at a Lufthansa counter at the airport in
Munich, Germany on Nov.
9.
Germany"s biggest airline, Lufthansa, canceled 600
flights on Monday in Munich as cabin crew workers went on strike.
(Photo:
Matthias Schrader/AP)
Some 113,000 Lufthansa passengers were facing domestic
and international cancellations Monday due to all-day walkouts at three German
airports staged by a cabin crew union protesting cost cuts.The travel
disruptions are expected to last all week, and highlight the pressure Europe"s
flagship carriers are under as they struggle to compete with rich Gulf
airlines on long-haul flights and with budget brands on regional routes.The
UFO flight attendant union says it will rotate its strike action to different
airports as it presses its demands regarding early retirement payments.UFO
called on all members to walk out Monday from 4.30 a.m.
to 11 p.m.
(0330 GMT
to 2200 GMT) in Frankfurt and Duesseldorf and until midnight (2300 GMT) in
Munich.
The strikes started Friday and took a break Sunday.Related:"Confused
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of cabin crew union UFO stage a protest in Frankfurt airport on November
6.
(Photo: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters)
Lufthansa said 929 flight segments were
cancelled, out of 3,000 planned connections.
Frankfurt airport seemed less
busy than usual for a Monday morning, as people whose flights had been
cancelled stayed away.The union wants to secure transition payments for its
19,000 members if they retire early as part of its contract dispute with
Lufthansa, which is trying to cut costs.
The strikes don"t affect Lufthansa
subsidiaries such as Eurowings, Germanwings, Swiss and Austrian
Airlines.Related:"World traveling club Readers Sound Off: Is it Wrong to
Recline Your Seat on a Plane?Lufthansa, which has also had more than a dozen
pilot strikes over the past 18 months, is trying to hold down costs as it
competes against low-cost airlines such as Ryanair on European routes.
On its
lucrative long-haul business, Lufthansa faces pressure from airlines in the
Persian Gulf region such as Emirates, Ethihad Airways, and Qatar
Airways.
Lufthansa, which has had to drop some routes to Southeast Asia where
it competed with the Gulf airlines, says that the Gulf carriers receive unfair
backing from their governments.Beds placed for stranded passengers are
pictured in Frankfurt airport."(Photo: Ralph Orlowski/Reuters)The German
airline is not alone to suffer such competition.
Air France-KLM has also been
looking to trim costs and seen labor unrest in which union activists stormed a
meeting and ripped the shirts off two managers.Related: Why You Need to Get
Angry About Bad Airline Service
Helped by lower fuel prices, Lufthansa"s net
profit jumped to 794 million euros in the third quarter, from 561 million in
the same quarter a year ago, an increase of 42 percent.
That has helped
sharpen the labor relations climate as worker representatives say the airlines
have the money to meet their demands.
The airline cautions that it can"t count
on temporary factors such as the oil price and must continue to press for
competitive cost structures.WATCH:"5 Airport Hacks You"ve Never Heard Of (That
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adventure travel series A Broad Abroad."Germany's biggest airline,
Lufthansa, canceled 600 flights on Monday in Munich as cabin crew workers went
on strike.
The strikes don't affect Lufthansa subsidiaries such as
Eurowings, Germanwings, Swiss and Austrian Airlines..Germany's biggest
airline, Lufthansa, canceled 600 flights on Monday in Munich as cabin crew
workers went on strike.
The strikes don't affect Lufthansa subsidiaries such
as Eurowings, Germanwings, Swiss and Austrian Airlines.

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