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Lufthansa flights cancelled as staff strikes commence

Workers at Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne have walked out.

Image: Matthias Schrader/AP/Press Association Images

GLOBAL AIRLINE LUFTHANSA has had to cancel most of its domestic and short-haul flights this morning as staff stage strikes across Germany.

Walk-outs by 33,000 ver.di union members have commenced at Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Hamburg and Cologne, as well as several other locations, as a dispute over wages continues.

The airline has cancelled hundreds of flights which were due to take off between 5am and noon today. Long-haul flights are expected to operate as normal.

The company said it regrets any inconvenience caused to passengers, adding it will do its best to minimise impact.

Travellers have been asked to allow extra time if their flight has not been cancelled.

Talks between the union and management are expected tomorrow. Workers want a 5.2 per cent rise in salaries and a commitment to safeguard jobs. In contrast, Lufthansa wants to freeze wages and increase hours worked.

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