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Lufthansa cancels more than 800 flights due to strikes at four German airports

Ⓒ AFP/Archivos – Christof Stache – | An aircraft of the German company Lufthansa, parked on March 16, 2017 at the Franz Josef Strauss airport in Munich

The Lufthansa airline will cancel more than 800 flights on Tuesday, one in every two planes, due to a strike movement at four German airports.

The stoppages, convened by the Verdi union, are planned at the airports of Frankfurt, the largest in Germany, Munich, Cologne and Bremen and will affect some 90,000 passengers, Lufthansa said in a statement.

Among the affected flights there are 58 long-distance flights, the company says.

“It is totally unacceptable [that Verdi] carries the passengers with the conflict, which has nothing to do with it,” Bettina Volkens, Lufthansa’s personnel director, said in a statement.

Several German unions, including Verdi, called on Monday “warning strikes” that affect the four airports but also public transport, day care or garbage collection to claim better wages in the public sector.

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