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Lufthansa cancels fights from Riga

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Two Lufthansa Riga-Frankfurt flights that were supposed to take place on Friday, September 7 have been cancelled, said on the airline’s website.

Flights from Riga to Frankfurt on 06:20 and 14:15 will not be carried out.

According to information from Lufthansa, all flights on Thursday, September 6, will be carried out on schedule.

As a result of a recent worker strike, the airline was forced to cancel more than 1 000 flights on September 6 and 7.

BNN previously reported that cabin crew of Germany’s largest airline – Lufhansa – will continue to be on strike this week – this time, nationwide, the airline reports.

As previously reported, Lufthansa staff is showing its growing anger at low wages and poor working conditions.

The announcement came after the carrier was forced to cancel around 370 flights on Tuesday, September 4, as its flight-attendants were out in Frankfurt and Berlin on an eight-hour strike.

The next strike is scheduled to start at midnight on Thursday, September 6, and last 24 hours, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Meanwhile, the airline, which serves eight airports in Germany, expects the cost of Tuesday’s strike to exceed €1 million. Therefore, it urges the German trade union to return to the negotiating table.

It should be added that in April employees demanded a 5% wage increase, a profit-related bonus valued at as much as a month’s pay and a guarantee the airline wouldn’t outsource jobs or employ temporary cabin-crew employees.

So far Lufthansa has offered a 3.5% wage increase and a moratorium on hiring temporary employees.

This is the second time the carrier’s operations have been affected by a major strike this year. A strike in February by air-traffic workers caused about nine days of flight cancellations.

Lufthansa aims to save about €1.5 billion over the next three years, mostly by cutting 3 500 administrative jobs. But analysts expect the strikes will damage its full-year financial results.

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