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Lufthansa warns of stoppage knock-on

Lufthansa is warning of possible delays and further cancellations tomorrow following the strike that crippled the airline today (Monday April 22).

The airline was due to operate only four flights from the UK today: three to Berlin from Heathrow and another from Birmingham to the German capital. In total, the carrier was due to manage only around 50 flights on Monday.

A spokesman at the airline’s Frankfurt base described the situation as “grave”.

“We have cancellations across the board in long and short-haul,” he said. He added that there would be a knock-on effect tomorrow with some aircraft and crews needing to be repositioned.

The stoppage, caused by a pay dispute, was due to affect all Lufthansa’s services until midnight except those at Berlin, which would only be affected until 2.30pm.

Lufhansa has put forward to staff a pay offer of around one per cent. Employees are asking for about five per cent. The two sides are due to meet for talks within the next fortnight.

“We already have two further dates for discussion, so this action is a little bit out of proportion,” said the spokesman, who added that the airline was confident it would resolve the situation.

Lufthansa has established a freephone number for rebookings and refunds on 0800 358 0538.

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