Lufthansa Pilots’ 15-hour Strike Affects 9,000 Travelers

German flagship carrier Lufthansa said Tuesday that despite the renewed strike over its pilots’ early retirement scheme it would provide 32 out of 57 long-haul flights from Frankfurt.

Inconclusive talks broken off on Thursday over the VC pilots union retirement scheme with airline management led to the strike. “Since management is still failing to come up with an offer for a compromise we see ourselves forced to resort to this measure,” The VC pilots union said in a statement.

The strike started at 0600 GMT and is scheduled to continue until 2100 GMT, but its knock-on effects meant that flights via Frankfurt, Europe’s third largest airport, could be disrupted until early on Wednesday.

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