After completing a two-day strike by flight attendants, Lufthansa slowly returns to normalcy with around 1,500 flight cancellations. Starting from Saturday the flight operation should take place again largely on schedule, said a company spokesman. Occasionally it could come to flight cancellations or delays.
On Friday, as on the previous day, hundreds of flights had failed, tens of thousands of travelers remained on the ground. The flight attendant union Ufo had the Lufthansa core company since early Thursday morning strike. The airline had therefore canceled a total of 1500 flights and spoke of 200,000 passengers concerned.
Ufo and Lufthansa now want to discuss a possible settlement of the tariff conflict for the approximately 21,000 flight attendants at Lufthansa. Both sides have but strict silence on details agreed. According to reports, the talks on Sunday are to begin in a secret location. Need confidentiality to resolve difficult legal issues, said Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr. "If we settle, the whole thing must have legal support."
Lufthansa has completed a turnaround with its targeted talks with Ufo: for months it had denied the Ufo Executive Board the right to represent and rejected any negotiations. UFO spokesman Nicoley Baublies said that they hope for a rapprochement on the weekend – and threatened at the same time: "If it does not work, we must announce on Monday that there are further strikes".
The Ufo demands higher expenses and allowances as well as better access for seasonal workers to regular employment. However, the main issue in the entire conflict is whether UFO can even enforce collective agreements for cabin crew.