There is new movement in a long deadlocked pay dispute between pilots and management at German airline Lufthansa. Shortly before the end of what was a 15th crippling strike by 5,400 pilots, the management has presented a new offer in the hopes of finally putting aside a mess that has shaken confidence in Europe’s largest airline.
“We are determined to avert further damage to the company and finally offer our passengers, once again, the service they can expect of us,” said Harry Hohmeister, a member of Lufthansa’s executive board.
Lufthansa made its latest offer Wednesday evening to the pilots’ union, Vereinigung Cockpit (VC). Executives believes they have finally met the demands the union had cited as a condition for beginning arbitration in the wage dispute, one which has dragged on for years and cost the airline hundreds of millions in canceled flights and angry passengers the world over.
Whether Cockpit interprets the offer in the same way and is now willing to enter arbitration remains unclear. Union officials said they were reviewing the offer and have asked for more details from management. But there is one good sign for the airline: Strikes for Thursday and Friday have not been called.