Germanwings faces new pilot strike

Germanwings Airbus A319-100
Germanwings Airbus A319-100 (© O. Pritzkow)

The german pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit has announced that pilots of Lufthansa’s lowcost subsidiary Germanwings will go on strike tomorrow (16 October) between midday and midnight. This is the latest in a series of ongoing protests.

This strike will have a considerable effect on flight operations to and from Germany and on domestic German flights. Germanwings is drawing up an amended timetable for the period in question.

On Wednesday the carrier told it would be able to operate 80% of all 500 flights on Thursday. All Germanwings passengers affected are requested to check the status of their flight there before. Germanwings flights operated by Eurowings will not be affected by this strike.

The pilots union says the action is concerned solely with the early retirement provision for the pilots of Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings, which should continue in the future to enable a timely exit from the particular stresses of pilots’ professional life. All contracts pertaining to this were terminated by management one year ago. Since then, management is demanding the abolishment of the early retirement provisions.

This is the seventh strike against Lufthansa Group since April and the second one to affect Germanwings.

In a ballot in March this year, the pilots of Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings voted to establish a new contract regulating their transition to retirement, if necessary by use of industrial action.

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