Lufthansa pilots to Ground Flights on Tuesday

Pilots at Germany’s biggest airline, Lufthansa, said they would go on strike from September 16 for the fourth time in three weeks over changes to the company’s early retirement rules.

The eight-hour walkout will last from 9 am to 5 pm and hit long-haul flights, the pilots’ union, Cockpit, said in a statement issued on September 15.

While the strike lasts, no flights will take off from Frankfurt, the airline’s biggest hub. “As Lufthansa management has not put forward an offer that is suitable for a compromise, we see ourselves forced to take further action, we regret any inconvenience to Lufthansa customers,” the statement said.

Several rounds of industrial action have hit the airline over its plans to change the early retirement policy. A strike action last week Wednesday grounded 110 flights across Europe, affecting some 13,500 passengers.

The three walkouts taken together have forced the cancellation of 475 flights in total, almost entirely on domestic and European routes.

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