Lufthansa pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit has announced an additional strike today.
In a move branded “incomprehensible” by the airline, the latest strike was revealed as pilots walked out yesterday, causing the cancellation of nearly 1,000 flights.
“Once more, they are inflicting extensive damage on our company and especially on our customers,” said Lufthansa in a statement.
The union has announced the strike on its website for today, from 00:01 to 23:59.
Lufthansa will make preparations to deal with the operative effects of the strike immediately, in order to allow its customers to make reliable plans as soon as possible.
Some 876 flights were cancelled on Wednesday, including 51 long-haul flights.
The extension of the strike is seen as an escalation by VC, which will cause even more uncertainty for passengers.
The statement added: “Lufthansa has offered the union a joint request for mediation, because this labour dispute can only be resolved if a compromise can be found together.
“If the union closes itself off from this search for a solution, it will be causing avoidable damage for all affected customers and for roughly 115,000 colleagues at Lufthansa Group.”
The group airlines Eurowings, Germanwings, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Brussels Airlines are not affected by the strike.
Flights to and from Germany that are operated by the Group airlines are also not affected by the strike announcement.
Flight operations at the Zürich, Vienna and Brussels hubs are proceeding as scheduled.