Lufthansa cancels most scheduled Monday flights


Lufthansa has canceled most flights scheduled for today.

The German airline's ground staff plan to stage a one-day strike in a pay dispute.

The airline says only about 20 of more than 1,650 scheduled short-haul flights will operate. It says that many long-haul flights also will be hit -- only six of 50 planned flights will operate at its main Frankfurt hub, and only three of 17 in Munich. Duesseldorf airport's three scheduled long-haul services will go ahead as scheduled.

The ver.di union announced the one-day "warning strike" -- a tactic commonly used to raise pressure in wage talks -- on Friday. Lufthansa on Wednesday rejected the union's demand for wage increases of 5.2 percent over the next year and job guarantees.

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