#AceWorldNews – GERMANY – Dec.01 -Pilots at Lufthansa started a two-day walkout on Monday, the ninth strike this year, Reuters reported. Germany’s flagship airline canceled 1,350 flights – nearly half of all scheduled flights, affecting 150,000 passengers. The airline and trade union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) have been at loggerheads for months over an early retirement scheme for pilots.

German airline Lufthansa was forced to cancel more than 1,300 flights after its pilots’ union, the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC), announced a new strike for Monday and Tuesday over retirement benefits.

The strike will begin on Monday, December 1, at 12:00 p.m. local time and end on Tuesday at 23:59 p.m.

Domestic and international flights will be affected. VC organized the strike as talks with Lufthansa broke down, after pilots’ demands for a transition payment for those wanting to retire early was not met.

VC, which represents some 5,400 pilots, has already staged several strikes this year.

The German news agency DPA estimates that a total of 6,000 flights have been cancelled since April due to strikes.


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` Lufthansa has cancelled about 600 flights due to planned strike on Thursday over Pay and Conditions ‘

#AceWorldNews – GERMANY – Lufthansa has cancelled about 600 flights – about one-third of its services – on Thursday due to a planned strike by public-sector workers across Germany’s airports, Reuters said.

Lufthansa, Germany’s largest airline, which typically operates around 1,800 flights on a Thursday, said it was cancelling almost all of its domestic flights that were due to take off before 1300 GMT.

Long-haul flights would also be affected. Trade Union Verdi has called on ground staff, baggage handlers and maintenance staff to strike during the morning shift on Thursday until around 1300 GMT.

A third round of pay talks is due to start at the end of the month.


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911 – Did The US Government Ignore a possible risk of an attack?

It took the government 11 years to furnish the records, requested in May 2002 as part of JW’s Terrorism Research and Analysis Project, and they are just as alarming today as they would have been a decade ago. The documents, from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) reveal that Al Qaeda had a sophisticated plan to hijack a commercial airliner departing Frankfurt International Airport between March and August 2000. The hijack team was to consist of an Arab, a Pakistani and a Chechen and their targets were U.S. airlines, Lufthansa and Air France.

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