Last updated: 02:03 PM ET, Thu September 10 2015

Lufthansa Back To Normal After Pilots' Walkout

Airlines & Airports | Rich Thomaselli | September 10, 2015

Lufthansa Back To Normal After Pilots' Walkout

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Lufthansa Airlines today returned to a normal flight schedule, one day after a German court ordered striking pilots to return to work.

"We expect normal flight service without any cancellations," a spokesperson told Reuters News Service.

Normal operations are resuming a day after a regional court in Frankfurt overturned a lower court ruling that initially declined Lufthansa’s request for an injunction against the strike.

The German carrier’s pilots, represented by the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) trade union, have held intermittent walkouts since last year – 13 total in 18 months – to try to pressure Lufthansa from cutting the early retirement clause in the contract between the union and the airline.

The union is also concerned with Lufthansa’s development of Eurowings, its low-budget airline affiliated created to compete with Europe’s other low cost carriers.

According to Reuters, Lufthansa has put the cost of these strikes at more than $300 million to the airline. The carrier said on Wednesday that the latest walkout canceled more than 1,000 flights and grounded 140,000 passengers over two days.

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