Lufthansa offers new mediation to pilots

Lufthansa has extended a pay raise offer to its pilots through pilot union Vereinigung Cockpit in an effort to end extensive industrial action that has impacted the carrier over the last week, the company said.

The airline says that it sent the union a proposal of raising wages 2.4 percent this year and 2.0 percent in 2017, plus a one-off payment, which is not linked to any other terms or conditions.

On 25 November, Lufthansa published a mediation offer that included the same percentage increases, but it was part of a proposal that included savings in other areas, such as pension changes.

Since 23 November, the union has staged six strike days that have led in total to the cancellation of around 4,450 flights and affected 525,000 passengers.

The Lufthansa Group is a global aviation group with a total of 540 subsidiaries and equity investments, which in the financial year 2015 were organized into the passenger airline group, logistics, MRO, catering and other business segments.