Many Lufthansa flights still grounded, though strike ends
Though the Lufthansa pilot's strike has ended, Lufthansa has still canceled 35 flights November 27, as the airline deals with backups and delays after the four-day walkout, Sputnik International reported.
"Flight ops should proceed according to schedule on Sunday. Due to the strikes on the preceding days, there may still be a few cancellations," the company said via Twitter and email early November 25. UPI reports that the 35 cancellations are due to backlogs and transportation problems from the strikes.
The company instructed customers to check the status of specific flights online.
The strike by pilot union Cockpit affected European and international flights, with a total of 2,755 flights grounded and 350,000 passengers affected, according to Reuters.
Some 5,400 pilots walked off the job. They are striking for a pay rise of an average of 3.66% per year, retroactive for the past five years, to the expiration of the last contract with Lufthansa in 2012. The company says this is not possible. Instead, Lufthansa, one of the largest airlines in Europe, offered pilots a package of raises of 4.4% by mid-2018 and a one-time bonus of 1.8 monthly salaries, Fox News reported. The union rejected it because it said the pay increase was offset by concessions the airline demanded in retirement and other benefits, UPI says.
While pilots are back at work, they have not ruled out another strike next week, as no deal has been struck.