germany: Lufthansa cancels 140 flights after pilots strike
BERLIN (AP): Lufthansa has cancelled 140 flights after pilots walked off the job at Munich airport, their fourth strike in five months in a dispute that has cost Germany's largest airline tens of millions of euros.
The dpa news agency reports that Lufthansa said yesterday's eight-hour strike by the Vereinigung Cockpit union at Germany's second-busiest airport affected some 15,300 passengers.
A three-day strike in April already cost the airline 60 million euros and Lufthansa says this stoppage will cost millions more.
The two sides are locked in a dispute over the pilots' demand that Lufthansa keep paying a transition payment for those wanting to retire early. The airline, which faces tough competition from European budget airlines and major Gulf airlines, wants to cut those payments.