Dozens of planes grounded in German pilot strike

BERLIN, GERMANY - AUGUST 29:  People stand in front of a flight information boards including information of cancelled Germanwings flights during a nationwide 6-hour strike by Germanwings pilots at Tegel Airport that grounded 116 flights on August 29, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. The pilots, through the VC labour union, are demanding that Lufthansa, which owns Germanwings, not do away with an early retirement program that allows the pilots to stop working at the age of 55 and still get half their salary until their full retirement. (Carsten Koall, 2014 Getty Images)
Germanwings Pilots' Strike Grounds 116 Flights (Carsten Koall, 2014 Getty Images)
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Updated: 8/29 6:38 am

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of passengers are feeling the impact of a pilots strike in Germany after negotiations between the country's biggest airline Lufthansa and the union representing pilots collapsed over a long-running dispute regarding wages and early retirement benefits.

Germanwings, a subsidiary of Germany's biggest airline Lufthansa, said up to 15,000 passengers were affected by Friday's strike which started at 6 a.m. and was to last until noon local time.

More than a hundred flights, mostly domestic connections from airports in Cologne, Stuttgart, Duesseldorf, Dortmund, Hannover, Hamburg and Berlin, were grounded by the strike.

The airline said on its website it was trying to rebook customers free of charge.

A three-day pilots' strike in April grounded Lufthansa and its Germanwings and Lufthansa Cargo subsidiaries.


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