Lufthansa Cargo pilots to stage 21-hour strike Tuesday

Lufthansa Cargo pilots to stage 21-hour strike Tuesday

Lufthansa Cargo pilots will stage a 21-hour walkout Tuesday as part of a year-long wave of strikes that forced the German carrier to cancel almost half of its scheduled short and medium-haul passenger flights today.

This is the second time the VC pilots’ union has targeted Lufthansa’s cargo unit in a dispute over retirement benefits following the collapse of the latest round of negotiations on Friday.

Lufthansa Cargo managed to minimize the impact on its freighters operations during the previous 48 hours walkout in early October, though it was unable to find alternative transport for the 50 percent of freight that is flown in the bellies of the parent company’s passenger aircraft.

The strike, which begins at 3 a.m. local time and ends at 11.59 p.m., will have limited impact on shippers as all freighter flights will operate as normal, a Lufthansa Cargo spokesman said.

Pilots on long-haul flights will also strike tomorrow, which will affect belly hold cargo.

This is the ninth strike so far this year over Lufthansa’s refusal to allow newly hired pilots to retire at 55 on 60 percent of their salary before regular pension payments start at 65.\

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