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Lufthansa strike to hit hundreds in Denmark

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Lufthansa strike to hit hundreds in Denmark
Passengers check the flight boards at the Frankfurt Airport on Tuesday. The Lufthansa strike entered its second day on Wednesday. Photo: Kai Pfaffenbach/Scanpix
08:55 CEST+02:00
Over 20 flights in and out of Denmark were cancelled on Wednesday as German airline Lufthansa is hit by a pilot walk-out.
German airline Lufthansa has announced it will cancel 1,000 short- and medium-term flights in and out of Germany Wednesday on the second day of a two-day walkout by its pilots.
 
The strike will cause 22 cancellations in and out of Denmark, affecting some 1,700 passengers, national broadcaster DR reported. 
 
Lufthansa’s Danish spokesman Morten Balk said the strike could last awhile. 
 
“We hope to fly again already on Thursday but Thursday will also likely be affected somewhat, given this is a comprehensive strike,” he told DR. 
 
Lufthansa said on Tuesday it had filed a court injunction in a bid to prevent the industrial action - the 13th walkout in 18 months - as the company struggles to end a long-running dispute over early retirement provisions.
 
"One thousand Lufthansa flights are cancelled, 140,000 passengers will be affected," Lufthansa said in a statement after the pilots' union, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), announced that it was extending a strike that began early Tuesday into a second day on Wednesday.
 
Out of a total 1,520 Lufthansa flights that should have flown on Wednesday, only just over 500 would go ahead, the carrier said.
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