Union: Lufthansa pilots call off strike planned for Tuesday



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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2014 file picture airport employees prepare aircrafts of the airliner Lufthansa at the airport during an eight-hour warning strike of Lufthansa pilots in Munich, southern Germany. A union representing Lufthansa's pilots says they will walk off the job at Frankfurt airport for eight hours on Tuesday, preventing departures by Germany's biggest airline from its busiest airport. The Vereinigung Cockpit union said Monday Sept. 15, 2014 that pilots on international long-distance flights from Frankfurt will walk out from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (0700 to 1500 GMT). The two sides are locked in a dispute over the pilots' demand that Lufthansa keep paying a transition payment for those wanting to retire early. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader,File)


BERLIN — A union representing Lufthansa pilots says they have called off plans to walk off the job at Germany's busiest airport Tuesday.

The move came after Germany's biggest airline said it would proceed with its long-haul flights from Frankfurt despite earlier threats of a strike.

The pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit said late Monday it had received a new offer from the airline for transition payment for those wanting to retire early.

The airline, which faces tough competition from European budget airlines and major Gulf airlines, wants to cut those payments.

The conflict follows several strikes in the past three weeks by pilots at Lufthansa and its Germanwings subsidiary.


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