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Thousands stranded in Frankfurt as Lufthansa cabin crew go on strike

Publish Date31/08/2012 12:24:02 PM

Last Update31/08/2012 12:28:07 PM

Thousands stranded in Frankfurt as Lufthansa cabin crew go on strike

More than 200 flights were canceled at Frankfurt airport, Germany’s busiest airport, on Friday, as more than 1,000 of Lufthansa’s cabin crew went on strike.

Germany’s largest airline had to cancel more than 200 short and medium-haul flights from and to Frankfurt airport, as well as some of the long-haul flights, including to and from New York, Boston and Seattle.

Thousands of passengers were stranded in Frankfurt’s main terminal building waiting for details on their flights, as the strike was to last eight hours; meanwhile Lufthansa workers handed out water and juice to people stuck in long lines.

Germany`s UFO labor union threatens however that this strike is just the beginning if Lufthansa does not meet its demands, which include a 5% pay raise for the airline’s more than 18,000 cabin crew workers.

Lufthansa wants to only a 3.5% rise, since the company is trying to cut about 1.5 billion euros from its costs by the end of 2014; yet Friday’s strike alone may cost Lufthansa be between 2 million euro and 3 million euro.

Reports indicate that the labor union would decide Friday whether to stage similar strikes again Saturday and whether to expand them to other airports.


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