Lufthansa Flight Status – Half Outbound Flights Cancelled


September 7, 2015  – LUFTHANSA FLIGHT STATUS

Today, Lufthansa cancelled just under half of all company long haul flights for departure leaving Germany tomorrow September 8, 2015.  This was an action taken by the company after the pilots union called a company-wide strike by the union which represents all Lufthansa workers that have cockpit located job positions.  The reason for the strike is the continued disagreement between the pilots labor union over pay, benefits for active duty members, retirement benefits  and added workloads due to Lufthansa cost cuts. This is the 13th labor action (strike) taken by the pilot’s union in the last 12 months.  This is the first reaction by the company that affects Lufthansa flight status.

In response to the call by the pilots union for the labor action, Lufthansa says they will still operate 90 of the 170 flights departing, on long haul flights, on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. The company also has seven flights for movement of cargo that will proceed as scheduled and planned. These long haul flights and cargo movements will be able to run as normal thanks to volunteer actions by some of the pilots union members, that still want to work.

Lufthansa has particularly angered pilots of the main flying wing of the company, Lufthansa. The cost-cutting measures undertaken by Lufthansa are due to competition for the low-cost carrier German Wings. German Wings is in competition with Ryan Air.  There are more than 5,000 pilots in the pilots union but those that fly for Lufthansa do not see why they should have their pay and benefits cut because of problems with the low-cost part of the company.

Passengers with outward bound tickets with Lufthansa should stay in touch with the airline up till the latest moment to ensure their flight is still either planned for departure or cancellation.



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