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Lufthansa cancels 50 flights ahead of 24-hour strike Friday

Published on Sep 6, 2012 5:29 PM
Flight passengers lay on camp beds at the "Franz-Josef-Strauss" airport in Munich, southern Germany, on early Sept 5, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP

FRANKFURT (AFP) - German airline Lufthansa cancelled around 50 flights on Thursday ahead of a planned 24-hour walkout by cabin crew at six major airports on Friday.

Most affected were Lufthansa's domestic and European services, but a number of intercontinental flights were also cancelled, such as New York-Frankfurt and Hong Kong-Munich, according to the carrier's website.

Late Wednesday, the cabin staff's labour union, Independent Flight Attendants' Organisation or UFO, said its members will stage a 24-hour stoppage Friday at the airports of Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Duesseldorf and Stuttgart in an escalating industrial action over pay and conditions.

Other much shorter walkouts of eight hours last week and earlier this week have grounded hundreds of flights and hit thousands of passengers. Lufthansa has therefore said it will cancel two-thirds of its total 1,800 flights on Friday.

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