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Lufthansa cancels Sea-Tac flights as cabin attendants strike

Post by John Gillie / The News Tribune on Aug. 31, 2012 at 10:59 am |
August 31, 2012 10:59 am

Lufthansa passengers bound to and from the German airline’s Frankfurt hub were left without a non-stop flight today as the airline cancelled flights because of a cabin attendant strike.

The airline said it had cancelled some 190 flights today after flight attendants were unavailable to work them.

The strike also disrupted other airlines’ flights at Frankfurt when the airport authority there closed the airport because there was no apron or gate space to park additional planes.

Lufthansa has yet to cancel its Saturday flights. The cabin attendants’ union initially said Friday’s strike would last eight hours and then would be reinstated from time to time.

The airline has been working to reroute passengers, but capacity to and from Europe is tight.

Lufthansa had initially thought it would have to cancel only 60 flights, but the number of cabin attendants who participated in the strike was greater than the airline had predicted.

Talks have broken down over wages and the use of outside workers to staff some flights.

The union is asking for a 5 percent raise over 15 months retroactive to January. The airline is offering a 3.5 percent raise.

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