Lufthansa cancels flights as Paris staff call in sick

FRANKFURT Thu Dec 26, 2013 11:55pm IST

A Lufthansa Airbus A 320 takes off on runway ''Startbahn West'' at Frankfurt airport July 12, 2013. REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski/Files

A Lufthansa Airbus A 320 takes off on runway ''Startbahn West'' at Frankfurt airport July 12, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Ralph Orlowski/Files

Related Topics

Stocks

   

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German airline Lufthansa (LHAG.DE) cancelled four flights to and from Paris after most of its workers there called in sick on Thursday morning, a spokesman for the company said.

Some passengers due to fly to Paris from Frankfurt were taken there by bus, the spokesman said, adding flight operations had returned to normal by the afternoon. The other affected flights were from Munich to Paris and back.

The move comes about a month after Germany's flagship carrier was forced to cancel around 100 flights to and from Paris Charles de Gaulle due to a strike by ground staff over plans to outsource ground operations at the French airport to a third-party provider.

Lufthansa, like other airlines hit by the economic downturn in Europe and increasing competition from low-cost carriers and Gulf airlines, is in the midst of a cost-cutting programme that aims to improve profits by 1.5 billion euros.

The Unsa union, which represents Lufthansa's France staff, has said the move would threaten 199 jobs.

(Reporting by Hans Seidenstuecker; Writing by Maria Sheahan; Editing by Leslie Gevirtz)

FILED UNDER:

26/11 Attack

REUTERS SHOWCASE

Lakhvi's Bail

Lakhvi's Bail

Pakistan court bails man accused of masterminding Mumbai attack.  Full Article 

PM's Moves

PM's Moves

Modi moves in to speed up $300 billion stuck projects.  Full Article 

Space Programme

Space Programme

ISRO tests its heaviest space launch vehicle, eyes global market.  Full Article 

"PK" in Cinemas

"PK" in Cinemas

Secret of year's "biggest" Bollywood film is its plot.  Full Article 

Priya's Shakti

Priya's Shakti

Rape survivor turns "superhero" in India's first digital comic.  Full Article 

U.S.-Cuba Ties

U.S.-Cuba Ties

U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years.  Full Article 

Threat Works

Threat Works

Sony cancels N.Korea movie in apparent win for Pyongyang hackers.  Full Article 

Safety Concerns

Safety Concerns

Uber plans tighter screening for drivers.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device   Full Coverage