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Lufthansa schedule progressively returning to normal following pilot strike

24-Feb-2010 10:24 AM

Lufthansa stated (23-Feb-2010) services on European and intercontinental routes are being resumed progressively, following the suspension of the pilot strike on 22-Feb-2010, with services from Frankfurt to Singapore, Sao Paulo and "a number of other destinations" added on 23-Feb-2010. The carrier expects to add 400 additional services, on European, key domestic (such as Frankfurt-Berlin and Munich-Hamburg) and intercontinental routes, today (24-Feb-2010), with further additions expected for 24-Feb-2010, with approximately 1,400 services to be operated, rather than the 1,000 flights originally published (comparatively, the regular timetable offers some 1,800 daily flights). Normal flight operations are expected to resume on 26-Feb-2010 at the latest. Lufthansa stated over 750 passengers travelling from Saudi Arabia were affected by the strike on 22-Feb-2010 (MENAFN, 23-Feb-2010). [more]

Lufthansa pilot union, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) welcomed the resumption of talks, stating it would respect the two week truce, after labour court ordered VC could not resume any strike attempts until 08-Mar-2010 (AFP/Bloomberg, 23-Feb-2010). VC added it is prepared to withdraw a specific demand over which it stated was “visibly misunderstood”.