German airliner Lufthansa said it will cancel 290 flights due to a cabin crew strike on Friday, Xinhua reported. The strike will affect the airports of Frankfurt and Duesseldorf, said the cabin crew union UFO.
According to Lufthansa, approximately 10 per cent of its planned flights, most of them short-haul flights, will be cancelled due to the strike, affecting 37,500 passengers. Lufthansa and the union are in a dispute over flight attendants’ retirement benefits. The latest negotiations broke down on Thursday.
The union threatened to hold the strike until November 13 should Lufthansa not agree to their demands.
Since April 2014, Lufthansa’s pilots have walked out 13 times costing the company over 300 million euros ($ 326.3 million). Over 1,000 Lufthansa flights were cancelled in September due to pilots’ strike.