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Apr 3, 2014

“Irresponsible” Lufthansa pilots vilified in Germany over strike

FRANKFURT/BERLIN, April 3 (Reuters) – Pilots on strike at
Lufthansa faced withering criticism across Germany and
even from their co-workers for demanding higher pay and early
retirement terms even though they rank among the country’s
best-paid workers.

Political leaders joined newspaper editorials and TV
commentators in lambasting the 5,400 pilots who have all but
shut down Germany’s largest airline and disrupted 425,000
passengers during their three-day walk-out until midnight

Apr 2, 2014

Lufthansa grounded by three-day pilot strike

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – A three-day strike by pilots at Lufthansa over early retirement, which has grounded Germany’s largest airline, shows no sign of ending early after management said there would be no further talks during the strike period.

Lufthansa has cancelled 3,800 flights during the strike, which runs until the end of Friday, and says the stoppage will cost it tens of millions of euros.

Mar 28, 2014

Three-day Lufthansa pilots’ strike to disrupt travel next week

FRANKFURT, March 28 (Reuters) – Pilots at Lufthansa
will hold a three-day strike next week in a row over
retirement conditions, their union said on Friday, bringing more
disruption to travellers after a spate of industrial action at
German airports.

The pilots’ strike, which will run from 2200 GMT on April 1
until 2159 GMT on April 4, is likely to cause the cancellation
of hundreds of flights, and will be the third strike to hit
Frankfurt airport, Europe’s third-largest hub and Lufthansa’s
home base, in six weeks.

Mar 21, 2014

Pilots at Germany’s Lufthansa vote for strike

FRANKFURT, March 21 (Reuters) – German airline Lufthansa
is facing more strike woes after pilots voted to
bolster their demands for better pay and working conditions with
industrial action.

More than 90 percent of the German flagship carrier’s pilots
voted in favour of going on strike, union Vereinigung Cockpit
(VC), which represents about 5,400 Lufthansa pilots, said on

Mar 19, 2014

Missing Malaysia plane puts new satellite sensors in the spotlight

FRANKFURT/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The unexplained fate of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has thrown the spotlight on some satellite technologies that will make it easier in future for authorities to track and communicate with aircraft over water and uninhabited areas.

The plane vanished from radar screens on March 8 with 239 people aboard. Investigators believe it most likely flew into the southern Indian Ocean.

Mar 13, 2014

Lufthansa restores dividend as revamp bears fruit

FRANKFURT, March 13 (Reuters) – Lufthansa,
Germany’s largest airline, restored its dividend payout and
forecast operating profit would rise more than expected this
year, as cost cutting and restructuring at its passenger
business bear fruit.

Shares in the group jumped almost 8 percent in early
Thursday trading to their highest level since the end of 2007.

Mar 10, 2014

Europe’s regional airports struggle as traffic shifts to hubs

BERLIN, March 10 (Reuters) – Dozens of small European
airports, which blossomed with the advent of no-frills flying,
face cutbacks or even closure as traditional airlines become
more competitive and regulators clamp down on state aid.

After years of suffering at the hands of budget airlines
such as Ryanair and easyJet, carriers including
Lufthansa, British Airways and Air France
have cut costs and consolidated to close the price gap
on short-haul European routes.

Mar 6, 2014

Tourism industry emerges from downturn

BERLIN, March 6 (Reuters) – The outlook for the global
travel industry looks brighter for 2014 as European economic
recovery and rising consumer confidence are prompting
holidaymakers and businesses to loosen their purse strings

Growth is still unevenly spread across regions, according to
comments from the industry’s biggest trade fair in Berlin this
week, with some destinations such as Egypt, China and Thailand
facing a tough time due to political turmoil, security concerns
or stricter regulations.

Mar 6, 2014

New financing choices help revive Europe’s hotel industry

BERLIN, March 6 (Reuters) – Europe’s hotel sector is finding
its financing options are the best in years as investors seek
better returns in a low interest rate environment and economies
emerge from bruising recessions, fanning optimism for the rest
of the year.

Industry executives say lenders and investors now understand
the sector better, seeing it more as a business investment than
a straight property play.

Mar 5, 2014

Lufthansa, Qatar Air clash over in-flight movies on smartphones

PARIS, March 5 (Reuters) – Germany’s Lufthansa on
Wednesday announced plans to offer wirelessly streamed movies to
passengers on trans-European flights, sparking a clash over the
future of traditional seatback systems at the world’s largest
travel fair.

Europe’s largest traditional network carrier said passengers
on some medium-haul flights would be able to stream movies, TV
programmes, music or games from an onboard server to their own
portable devices or smartphones starting from the summer.

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      "Based in Frankfurt, covering German companies in the retail, travel and leisure sectors. In my previous Reuters incarnation in London, I focused on green tech firms, utilities and an array of smallcaps that came my way on the Breaking News team. I started my career as a translator with the Financial Times in London before switching into journalism."
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