Lufthansa pilots represented by Vereinigung Cockpit Union stated they plan to conduct a four-day strike between 13-Apr-2010 and 16-Apr-2010, after failing to resolve a dispute over pay and job security that already resulted in strike action in Feb-2010 (Reuters/Financial Times/Associated Press, 22-Mar-2010). The Feb-2010 action resulted in approximately 2,000 flight cancellations and EUR50 million in losses. The union stated the next strike action was delayed to avoid disruption over the Easter holiday period and to give the carrier's management "time to realign its course". The strike action will also affect operations of Lufthansa Cargo and Germanwings. Lufthansa stated it hopes to resolve the dispute and avoid the strike action over the coming week. Lufthansa stated it has made an offer this week to the union that included a pay freeze in 2010 in exchange for job guarantees, with the union reportedly stating it would only accept a freeze in return for further concessions on job security. One of the pilots' main concerns is that the airline, which aims to reduce it cost base by EUR1 billion by 2011, is seeking to expand at its (cheaper) foreign units and reduce its Germany-based operations.
Lufthansa pilots call fresh round of strikes in mid Apr-2010
You may also be interested in the following articles...
Ryanair's Frankfurt move puts pressure on Lufthansa and supports its German growth ambitions
Ryanair and Fraport announced on 2-Nov-2016 that the Irish ultra-LCC will open its 85th base at Frankfurt Airport, Lufthansa's main hub. Ryanair will base two aircraft at the airport and launch four new leisure routes in Mar-2017. With a daily departure to each of Alicante, Faro, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca, it expects to attract 400,000 passengers pa.
Although Ryanair has been increasing its primary airport presence for some time, CEO Michael O'Leary had previously said that Frankfurt Airport was one of the few, alongside London Heathrow and Paris CDG, that Ryanair would not serve. Frankfurt was seen not only as too expensive, but also as too congested for Ryanair's short turnaround times. Details of Ryanair's agreement with Frankfurt Airport have not been disclosed, but it is likely that the airline has secured favourable terms in return for traffic growth targets.
Ryanair's move into Frankfurt is relatively small compared with its operations in Berlin Schoenefeld and Cologne/Bonn, but this development supports its growth ambitions in Germany. Ryanair's average revenue per passenger is half that of Lufthansa's network airlines. Its move increases the competitive pressure on Germany's national airline.
Airberlin: airline's latest, more radical, restructuring gets help from TUIFly and Lufthansa
Airberlin's operations are to be split into three. First, there will be a core network airline with hubs in Berlin and Duesseldorf, deploying approximately half the current Air Berlin Group fleet. Second, there are plans for a new leisure airline, combining part of airberlin's fleet with TUIFly. Third, a significant part of airberlin's fleet will be wet-leased to the Lufthansa Group.
As a result of these moves the operating fleet of the core airberlin network airline will slip from second to third in Germany and risks becoming subscale. Eurowings will rise from third to second, and the expanded new TUIFly will go from fifth to fourth (overtaking Thomas Cook Group's Condor).
For several years airberlin has been unable to break the cycle of losses and successive restructuring initiatives, in spite of repeated bailouts from airberlin's 29% shareholder Etihad. A number of details are still to be clarified. These include the detailed route networks for the different operators, the network airline's strategy for feed, and the balance of charter versus scheduled flights in the new leisure airline. However, for now and with help from competitors and Etihad, airberlin looks to have ensured at least some kind of future.