Lufthansa offers pay deal to end pilots' strike

Six days of industrial action over the past week have forced Lufthansa to cancel 4,461 flights, grounding more than half a million passengers.

Lufthansa offers pay deal to end pilots' strike

World Bulletin / News Desk

German airline Lufthansa on Wednesday said it had offered striking pilots a fresh pay deal in a bid to end a long-running and crippling dispute.

On Wednesday, around 98,000 customers were affected by 890 cancellations.

The firm said it would offer pilots a 4.4-percent pay rise, spread over two years and not linked to any other conditions, as well as a one-off payment.

"We want to urgently avoid any further damage to our company," Lufthansa board member Harry Hohmeister said in a statement.

Airline bosses made a similar pay offer at the weekend but tied it to changes to pensions which pilots deemed unacceptable, their union Vereinigung Cockpit said.

Pilots walked out again on Tuesday -- for the 15th time since spring 2014 -- after talks during a two-day pause in strikes had failed to find a solution.

Wednesday's strike extended to some long-haul services after only short-haul flights were affected on Tuesday.


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