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Union calls on Frankfurt airport security staff to strike Friday

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German trade union Verdi has called on security workers at Frankfurt airport to go on strike on Friday in a bid to push for higher pay, a move likely to cause widespread disruption at Europe's third largest hub. The airport employs around 5,000 people in areas such as security controls, freight checks and airport security and services, Verdi said in a statement on Thursday. The strike will begin at 0100 GMT and run until 2200 GMT, the union said.

Lufthansa expands in-flight smartphone usage

Lufthansa, Germany's biggest airline, said Thursday it will allow passengers to use a range of mobile electronic devices in flight on all Airbus aircraft starting from next month. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) agreed in November to allow the use of personal electronic devices such as tablets, smartphones, e-readers and mp3 players in all phases of flight. Previously, personal electronic devices were not allowed to be used on aircraft during taxiing, take-off and landing.

Lufthansa expands in-flight smartphone usage

Lufthansa, Germany's biggest airline, said Thursday it will allow passengers to use a range of mobile electronic devices in flight on all Airbus aircraft starting from next month. The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) agreed in November to allow the use of personal electronic devices such as tablets, smartphones, e-readers and mp3 players in all phases of flight. Previously, personal electronic devices were not allowed to be used on aircraft during taxiing, take-off and landing.

Lufthansa says passenger numbers higher in January

Lufthansa, Germany's number one airline, said on Tuesday that its passenger numbers rose again in January. Lufthansa said in a statement it carried 6.943 million passengers in last month, 2.0 percent more than during the same month last year. At the same time, the airline reduced the number of flights by 1.2 percent. That meant the so-called seat-load factor, which measures the number of seats filled on flights, increased by 0.8 percentage point to 75.6 percent in January.

German airline Lufthansa names Carsten Spohr as new chief executive

BERLIN - German airline Lufthansa AG has named Carsten Spohr to be its next chief executive. The national carrier said in a statement Friday that the 47-year-old will assume his role as CEO and chairman on May 1. Spohr currently heads Lufthansa's passenger business. He takes over from Christoph Franz, who is moving to head the board of Swiss drug maker Roche.

Lufthansa names Carsten Spohr as CEO

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Lufthansa <LHAG.DE> has named company veteran Carsten Spohr as the group's new chief executive, Germany's largest airline said on Friday. Spohr will take over on May 1 from Christoph Franz, who is moving to Swiss pharmaceuticals group Roche <ROG.VX>. (Reporting by Victoria Bryan; Editing by Christoph Steitz)

Lufthansa picks Carsten Spohr as new CEO: source

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa <LHAG.DE> has picked company veteran Carsten Spohr to succeed Chief Executive Christoph Franz when his contract runs out at the end of May, a person familiar with the matter told Reuters. Handelsblatt Online earlier cited sources close to the company as saying Lufthansa would announce the appointment later on Friday. Lufthansa declined to comment.

Pilots at Germany's Lufthansa to hold strike ballot in long-running dispute over pay

BERLIN - A German union says pilots at the country's biggest airline, Lufthansa, will vote on whether to go on strike in a long-running pay dispute. The Vereinigung Cockpit union said Tuesday that it will announce the results of the ballot of about 5,400 pilots at Lufthansa, Lufthansa Cargo and the company's budget airline Germanwings on March 21. It said the several-week interval gives the company time to "correct its course and avoid strikes."

Shareholder DWS urges Lufthansa to appoint new CEO

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Bank's <DBKGn.DE> fund management unit DWS is growing impatient with German airline Lufthansa's <LHAG.DE> delay in appointing a new chief executive, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung said. Henning Gebhardt, a fund manager at DWS, told the paper Lufthansa was taking too long to appoint a successor to Christoph Franz who said in September he would leave to join Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche <ROG.VX>.

Lufthansa picks executive board member Spohr as new CEO: report

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Deutsche Lufthansa <LHAG.DE>, Germany's largest airline, will appoint management board member Carsten Spohr, currently in charge of its passenger airline business, as chief executive officer, a German newspaper reported on Friday. Citing company sources, German tabloid Bild reported an "internal" decision had been made in favor of Spohr and that the company's supervisory board would rubber-stamp the appointment at a meeting in March.
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