Eurowings pilots start a strike over workload

Eurowings pilots start a strike over workload

BERLIN, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Pilots at Lufthansa’s Eurowings began a three-day strike over working hours on Monday, their union said, confirming an action that could affect thousands of passengers on the budget airline.

“It has started. And so far there are no new offers,” said a spokesman for the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilots’ union.

The union wants the airline to ease pilots’ workload with measures such as increasing rest periods, but Eurowings warned over the weekend that the lawsuits put jobs at risk.

The airline had said it would cancel nearly 170 of some 400 scheduled flights at Dusseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg and Stuttgart airports on Monday, affecting some 20,000 travellers.

A similar number of flights are expected to be canceled on Tuesday and Wednesday. The strike will end on Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. local time (2159 GMT).

(Reporting by Paul Carrel and Klaus Lauer; Editing by Kim Coghill and David Goodman, edited in Spanish by José Muñoz at the Gdańsk newsroom)

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