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germany: Lufthansa cancels 140 flights after pilots strike

Published:Thursday | September 11, 2014 | 12:00 AM

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.