Lufthansa cancels 130 flights Monday

Lufthansa cancels 130 flights Monday
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First Published: Mon, Aug 04 2008. 06 33 PM IST
Updated: Mon, Aug 04 2008. 06 33 PM IST
Berlin: Lufthansa canceled another 130 domestic and long-haul flights Monday because of fallout from last week’s four-day strike.
“We have kind of a backlog with the maintenance of our aircraft,” said Patrick Meschenmoser, a spokesman for Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Germany’s biggest airline.
Of the 130 flights canceled, 100 were domestic and trans-European flights and 30 were long-haul trips, mostly to India, North America and one to China.
About 260 flights were canceled over the weekend.
The company expects to experience no more than 40 canceled flights a day through the rest of the week, including three international destinations.
Lufthansa and the ver.di service workers’ union reached a deal Friday to end the strike.
The Cologne-based airline, Germany’s biggest, agreed to a 5.1 percent pay rise, retroactive to July 1, to be followed by another 2.3 percent on July 1, 2009.
The new contract, which runs through the end of February 2010, also features one-time payments of varying levels.
A similar offer for cabin crew, including flight attendants, is still pending.
Some cabin crew belong to the ver.di union, though the bulk of flight attendants at the airline belong to the UFO or flight attendants’ union.
The pay agreement with UFO expires Dec. 31 2008.
Pilots, represented by the union Cockpit, have warned of possible walkouts in the coming weeks, though no decision has yet been taken.
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First Published: Mon, Aug 04 2008. 06 33 PM IST