Last updated: 10:00 AM ET, Fri November 25 2016

Lufthansa Strike Cancels More Flights Friday and Saturday

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | November 25, 2016

Lufthansa Strike Cancels More Flights Friday and Saturday

Courtesy of Lufthansa

On Friday, German airline Lufthansa canceled 830 short- and medium-haul flights as a pilots' strike enters its third day in a long-running dispute over wages.

According to The Associated Press, the Friday cancellations will impact an estimated 100,000 passengers, and the airline also announced another 137 long-haul flights scheduled for Saturday would be canceled, affecting 30,000 more passengers.

In total, there have been 2,863 flight cancellations and 345,000 passengers impacted since the Lufthansa strikes began on Wednesday. The German airline said most of its flights will be operating Saturday, and that its other brands— including Eurowings, Germanwings, Swiss and Austrian Airlines—are not affected.

The union representing the Lufthansa employees has been announcing the continuation of the strike one day at a time, and union spokesman Joerg Handwerg told the media that the employees have made no decision on when the strikes may end.

The Lufthansa employees are seeking retroactive raises of 3.66 percent a year going back five years, but the airline claims that demand is impossible due to increasing competition from Gulf airlines and European budget carriers.

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