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Lufthansa cancels 1,350 flights in pilot strike

Published:Tuesday | December 2, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Lufthansa cancels 1,350

flights in pilot strike

BERLIN (AP):

German airline Lufthansa said it has cancelled about half of its flights after pilots went on strike in an ongoing dispute over retirement benefits.

The airline, Germany's largest, said yesterday that 1,350 of its 2,800 flights scheduled through the strike's end tonight at midnight have been cancelled, affecting 150,000 passengers. The strike was primarily focused on Lufthansa's inner-Europe flights yesterday but was to be extended to long-haul flights tonight.

Lufthansa said the other airlines in its group, Germanwings, Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Air Dolomiti, are not affected.

The strike follows failed talks with the Vereinigung Cockpit union, which is demanding that Lufthansa keep paying a transition payment for those wanting to retire early. The

airline wants to cut those

payments, citing increasingly tough competition.