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Lufthansa says agrees to further talks over pilots' benefits

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Germany's largest airline Deutsche Lufthansa AG <LHAG.DE> said on Thursday it has agreed with pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) to hold further talks over pay and benefits. The union, which represents most of Lufthansa's 5,400 pilots, staged a three-day strike last week - the longest walkout in the airline's history - to underline their demands over a retirement scheme. (Reporting by Ludwig Burger, editing by Edward Taylor)

Pilots' strike to cost Lufthansa 35-75 million euros

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Lufthansa <LHAG.DE> said the three-day walkout by pilots that has effectively grounded Germany's largest airline would cost it in the region of 35-75 million euros, although it would take a few more days to calculate the final amount. The airline also called on the pilots to come back to the negotiating table, although said it would not be putting forward a new offer.

Lufthansa says pilots' strike to cost up to 75 million euros

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Lufthansa <LHAG.DE> said a three-day walkout by its pilots, which has effectively grounded Germany's largest airline, could cost it up to 75 million euros ($103 million) as it called on their union to return for talks over pay and retirement conditions. Lufthansa has canceled a total of 3,800 flights over the strike period, which began on Wednesday. It hopes flights will run normally on Saturday, with only a few rescheduled due to crews being out of place as a result of the stoppage.

Lufthansa calls for reform of right to strike

The head of Lufthansa called for a reform of workers' right to strike Friday as the biggest strike in the airline's history entered its third and final day. While Lufthansa chief executive Christoph Franz insisted that the right to strike was a constitutional right, "from our point of view, there must be a guarantee that critical infrastructure is kept up and running. "And that includes railways and air traffic control," Franz told the business daily Handelsblatt in an interview.

Lufthansa flights to return to normal Saturday

German airline Lufthansa, which is currently battling the biggest strike in its history, expects normal services to be up and running on Saturday, its chief executive said. "Our aim is to be back to normal operations on Saturday," CEO Christoph Franz told the mass-circulation daily Bild in an interview published Thursday. However, "in isolated cases, there could still be a few anomalies for operational reasons," he added.

Lufthansa pilots keep airline grounded for second day

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Lufthansa pilots were on strike for a second day on Thursday, grounding Germany's largest airline in a row over retirement conditions. The pilots announced a three-day stoppage earlier this week, leading Lufthansa to cancel 3,800 flights, or around nine out of ten flights planned for the period. The action is expected to cost the airline tens of millions of euros and disrupt the travel plans of around 425,000 passengers.

Lufthansa boss hopes for quick resolution to dispute with pilots as strike enters 2nd day

BERLIN - Lufthansa's chief executive says he hopes for a quick resolution to a dispute over wages and retirement ages as the airline's pilots strike for a second day. The company has said it expects to cancel about 3,800 flights as a result of the Wednesday-Friday strike called by the Vereinigung Cockpit union. CEO Christoph Franz was quoted as telling Thursday's edition of the Bild newspaper that the strike is expected to have an impact on Lufthansa's results in the "two-digit millions" of euros though it won't be possible to be more exact before the strike is over.

Pilots' strike grounds Lufthansa

Lufthansa pilots began the biggest strike in the airline's history Wednesday, grounding most of its flights for the next three days and leaving as many as 425,000 passengers without a connection. Lufthansa cancelled around 3,800 flights on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as a result of the walkout by pilots who are demanding better pay and retirement conditions.

Lufthansa grounded by three-day pilot strike

By Victoria Bryan and Peter Maushagen FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A three-day strike by pilots at Lufthansa over early retirement, which has grounded Germany's largest airline, shows no sign of ending early after management said there would be no further talks during the strike period. Lufthansa has canceled 3,800 flights during the strike, which runs until the end of Friday, and says the stoppage will cost it tens of millions of euros.

Pilots' strike grounds Lufthansa

Pilots of German airline Lufthansa began a strike Wednesday, forcing the carrier to cancel most of its flights for the next three days and grounding as many as 425,000 passengers. The country's biggest airline has said it will cancel around 3,800 flights on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, as a result of the walkout by pilots who are demanding better pay and retirement conditions.
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