FRANKFURT Dec 26 German airline Lufthansa
cancelled four flights to and from Paris after most of
its workers there called in sick on Thursday morning, a
spokesman for the company said.
Some passengers due to fly to Paris from Frankfurt were
taken there by bus, the spokesman said, adding flight operations
had returned to normal by the afternoon. The other affected
flights were from Munich to Paris and back.
The move comes about a month after Germany's flagship
carrier was forced to cancel around 100 flights to and from
Paris Charles de Gaulle due to a strike by ground staff over
plans to outsource ground operations at the French airport to a
Lufthansa, like other airlines hit by the economic downturn
in Europe and increasing competition from low-cost carriers and
Gulf airlines, is in the midst of a cost-cutting programme that
aims to improve profits by 1.5 billion euros ($2.1 billion).
The Unsa union, which represents Lufthansa's France staff,
has said the move would threaten 199 jobs.
($1 = 0.7303 euros)
(Reporting by Hans Seidenstuecker; Writing by Maria Sheahan;
Editing by Leslie Gevirtz)