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Lufthansa strike enters third day, more flights cancelled

The logo of German airline Lufthansa is pictured at the airport in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on December 4, 2014. .
The logo of German airline Lufthansa is pictured at the airport in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on December 4, 2014. . DANIEL ROLAND/AFP/Getty Images

BERLIN – Lufthansa has cancelled hundreds more flights as pilots at Germany’s largest airline went on strike for the third consecutive day in an increasingly acrimonious labour dispute.

Nearly 800 short- and medium-haul Lufthansa flights were cancelled Friday, including 90 related to an Italian air traffic controllers’ strike, and the Vereinigung Cockpit union said it would target long-haul flights Saturday.

The dispute centres on a plan to cut transition payments for pilots wanting to retire early, which the union wants to retain.

Union spokeswoman Ilona Ritter says they’re willing to negotiate but it would “require Lufthansa to demonstrate a serious will” to resolve the dispute.

Lufthansa, meantime, says it already presented a better offer this month, and that by escalating the strikes the union “is moving itself farther away from a solution.”

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