Lufthansa crew strike to result in 1300 cancelled flights

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Lufthansa said Wednesday it was scrapping 1,300 flights as German cabin crew pressed ahead with a two-day strike, plunging passengers into travel chaos amid an escalating row over pay and conditions.

"Passengers can use the Deutsche Bahn in exchange for flights on domestic routes, regardless of whether or not their flight has been canceled, " it said.

The announcement of 700 flight cancellations on Thursday and roughly 600 on Friday come after a Frankfurt labour court denied Lufthansa's request for an injunction to block the strike.

"Lufthansa regrets the inconvenience for the passengers, " it said.

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Lufthansa said Wednesday it is putting together a special flight plan and passengers will be able to check their flight's status on its website. Frankfurt's labor court and the Hesse region's labor court - acting as an appeal court - ruled that the union had legally called on its members to stage the stoppage.

UFO planned the warning strike to press Lufthansa for additional allowances at wage negotiations, citing what it claimed was management's "ongoing refusal" to negotiate. The airline has cancelled around 1,300 flights for Thursday and Friday.

Lufthansa Group airlines Eurowings, Germanwings, SunExpress, Lufthansa Cityline, SWISS, Edelweiss, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Brussels Airlines will not be affected by the two-day strike.

As part of a dispute over pay and pensions, UFO has fought with the airline in court for months over the union's legal status.

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