Cape Town - German airline Lufthansa has cancelled a total of 1 350 flights, affecting flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg, after pilots went on strike in an ongoing dispute over retirement benefits.
Lufthansa spokesperson Karen Duncker confirmed that after Monday's flight cancellations, Tuesday's flights to and from South Africa have also been affected.
The airline confirmed the following:
- Tuesday flight LH574 from Munich to Cape Town - Cancelled
- Tuesday flight LH9543 from Johannesburg to Munich 9.40pm - Operating
- Tuesday flight LH 573 Johannesburg to Frankfurt 7.40pm - Operating
Affected passengers are also being advised to contact the airline directly - click here for the Lufthansa website or call 011 341 9541 / 0861 842 538
Plans call for Wednesday’s flights to operate normally and a special flight plan for the total strike period is available on www.LH.com
The airline said in a statement that despite extensive strikes called by the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union, Lufthansa’s special flight timetable for Monday and Tuesday included around 1 450 of the 2 800 scheduled flights.
150 000 passengers are expected to have their travel plans disrupted by the cancellations. Earlier today, Lufthansa informed 56 000 customers by SMS and 30 000 customers by email about the changes to their flights.
“We are extremely sorry that we have to disappoint more than 150 000 of our customers today and tomorrow. At the same time, we are happy that we managed to operate half of our scheduled flights on the two strike days despite the call for strikes made by the Vereinigung Cockpit pilots’ union”, said Karl Ulrich Garnadt, member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and Chairperson of the Executive Board of Lufthansa German Airlines.