Lufthansa pilots plan new strikes

A plane lands during sunrise at the airport in Duesseldorf Germany Friday Nov. 25 2016. Lufthansa pilots will continue their strike at least until Saturday

Lufthansa cancelled almost 2,800 flights during a four-day strike from Wednesday that affected more than 350,000 passengers, the 14th walkout in a dispute since early 2014 that has cost the carrier hundreds of millions of euros.

Lufthansa is working on alternatives and is stressing to passengers flights by Eurowings, Germanwings, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti und Brussels Airlines are not part of the strike. "However, 35 flights cancelled due to the strikes on the preceding days", the company said via Twitter on Saturday.

German airline Lufthansa has canceled 35 flights scheduled for Sunday after a strike was announced by a pilots union, according to Reuters.

An airline spokesman told The Wall Street Journal each day of the strike has cost the carrier roughly $10.6 million and it has affected more than 345,000 passengers since Wednesday.

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Cockpit wants an average annual pay increase of 3.7 percent for 5,400 pilots over a five-year period dating back to 2012 until May 2017.

At the same time, the pilots' union said that as of Saturday night, normal flights would resume, so as not to inconvenience passengers travelling for the holidays.

Joerg Handwerg, a member of the union management said the strike had stopped on Saturday November 26, but new action could be taken later.

This 14th such strike to hit the airline, it began as a disagreement over pay hike.

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The union said a hastily convened meeting with Lufthansa on Sunday failed to produce a resolution.

Lufthansa has put the cost of the stoppage at around 10 million euros ($11 million) a day.

In July, it ended a long-running dispute with cabin crew through a deal on pay and working conditions, including a no-strike agreement and job guarantees until 2021.

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