The pilots union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) has announced a strike for long-haul flights departing from Lufthansa’s Frankfurt hub scheduled for Tuesday, September 16th, in the time from 9.00 to 17.00 CEST. Lufthansa long-haul flight operations departing from Frankfurt will be affected by the strike. This is the fourth walkout called by VC union during the past two weeks.
All Lufthansa flights to and from the Munich hub as well as short-haul flights from and to Frankfurt will operate as scheduled.
Last week Lufthansa canceled 110 flights to and from Munich. On September 5th short- and medium-haul flights to and from Frankfurt were canceled. In April a three-day-strike by the pilots costs Lufthansa around €45 millions. Additionally Lufthansa was affected by strikes by airport staff.
In a ballot in March this year, the pilots of Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings sent a clear signal. With a majority of 99.1%, they voted to establish a new contract regulating their transition to retirement, if necessary by use of industrial action. It should remain possible for pilots, who have been exposed for decades to the rigours of aviation, to choose the point at which they leave their profession.