FRANKFURT Nov 30 Walkouts by Lufthansa
pilots have cost the airline 75 million euros ($79.85
million) so far, German Bild newspaper reported on Wednesday,
citing company and pilots union sources.
Daily costs are now at about 15 million euros, the newspaper
reported. Citing an internal memo of the pilots' union
Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) to its member Bild said utilization at
some long-haul flights have dropped to below 10 percent as a
result of the strikes.
Lufthansa pilots staged another walkout on Tuesday, with
neither side showing any willingness to yield in a dispute that
has already cost the German airline hundreds of millions of
euros since early 2014.
The stoppage hit short-haul flights departing from German
cities, forcing Lufthansa to cancel 816 out of around 3,000
planned flights on Tuesday. The pilots have also announced plans
to strike on short- and long-haul flights on Wednesday, which
will see a further 890 flights cancelled.
The strike is the 15th since the early 2014.
Lufthansa and VC could not immediately be reached for
comment outside regular business hours.
Lufthansa has put the cost of the first two days of last
week's strike at about 20 million euros, but past experience
shows the effect on future bookings could cost tens of millions
($1 = 0.9393 euros)
(Reporting by Harro ten Wolde; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)