Wages strike by Lufthansa staff grounds 1,755 flights

An empty terminal with a sign reading "Warning - Strike" at Munich airport during the action that grounded Lufthansa flights. Photo: AP

Nearly 150,000 passengers were affected as Germany's largest airline Lufthansa suspended almost its entire service for a full day because of a pay strike.

Tuesday, 23 April, 2013, 3:27am

Lufthansa strike has limited impact on Hong Kong

Passengers walk past empty check in desks at the Berlin Tegel airport on Monday after German airline Lufthansa cancelled most of its domestic, European and long-haul flights at six German airports due to strike action by ground personnel and some cabin crew. Photo: AFP

Germany’s largest airline Lufthansa said it was cancelling almost 1,700 flights on Monday, mostly on domestic and short-haul European routes, as a result of planned strike action by thousands of workers calling for higher pay.

22 Apr 2013 - 9:52pm

Lufthansa to cut back on long-haul first-class seat numbers

Lufthansa plans to purchase 108 new aircraft worth €9 billion.

Lufthansa is to reduce the proportion of long-haul planes with first-class seats in its fleet to 75 per cent, in a response to falling demand for airfare tickets that can command the price of a small car.

22 Feb 2013 - 5:02am

World news in brief - September 1, 2012

Lufthansa cabin staff strike at Frankfurt airport. Photo: AFP

China and US light up Pacific Islands Forum

1 Sep 2012 - 4:42am

Lufthansa gives First Class an upgrade

Flying first class is becoming an increasingly rare experience as major airlines scale down or eliminate luxury cabins from their long-haul flights.

Some - such as Continental Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Air New Zealand, and Air Canada - have dropped their first-class offerings for expanded business class cabins.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Lufthansa Technik aims to double business in Shenzhen on growth

Whenever a jet flies overhead while Wolfgang Breckau is playing golf in Shenzhen he stops and listens for a few seconds before deciding whether it is being powered by a Pratt & Whitney, a General Electric or a Rolls-Royce engine.

19 May 2010 - 12:00am

Strike cancels Lufthansa flights

A four-day Lufthansa pilot strike will see at least eight Lufthansa flights to and from Hong Kong cancelled. The Airport Authority said Lufthansa had said that tomorrow two Hong Kong-Munich flights, and two Hong Kong-Frankfurt flights would be cancelled. Two Wednesday Hong Kong-Munich flights and two Thursday Hong Kong-Frankfurt flights would also be cancelled.

22 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Inside information

Lufthansa Technik offers phenomenal interior design ideas for the super jumbo Airbus 380. Approved by both Boeing and Airbus, the aircraft is perfectly crafted to indulge every whim, and includes luxurious fittings such as a movie theatre. For more information visit

1 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Cathay offices raided in price-fixing probes across globe

Air-cargo industry rocked as US and European authorities investigate surcharges for fuel and security

Competition watchdog authorities raided the offices of Cathay Pacific Airways in Frankfurt, Los Angeles and San Francisco yesterday as the carrier was caught up in global probes into price fixing in the air-cargo industry.

16 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Lufthansa first-class terminal

Where? At Frankfurt International Airport, adjacent to Terminal 1, in an understated two-storey grey structure fronted by bamboo shoots and zen-inspired stone sculptures.

Luxurious or basic? Awash with creamy leather furnishings, hand-tufted woollen carpets and bespoke designer fixtures, the Euro30 million ($300 million) terminal resembles a five-star hotel.

15 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Flight caterer sees strong growth

LSG Sky Chefs says the mainland is key to its expansion plans in Asia-Pacific

The world's largest provider of in-flight service yesterday forecast double-digit growth of its business in China as part of its aim to more than double its market share in the Asia-Pacific.

15 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Lufthansa sees lure of China hub

World's No1 international passenger carrier considers move to mainland

Lufthansa German Airlines yesterday said the lure of the mainland market might see it relocate its Asia-Pacific headquarters to China as the carrier unveiled plans for an expanded summer schedule.

7 Feb 2004 - 12:00am

Star Alliance keen on Chinese partner

The growing aviation industry in China has caught the eye of the Star Alliance, the world's largest grouping of global airlines.

According to Star Alliance chief executive Jaan Albrecht, the group is keen to build up a partnership with carriers in China.

23 Oct 2003 - 12:00am


Broadband above the clouds: On January 15, Lufthansa will celebrate a world first by launching the first Boeing 747-400 with broadband Internet on board. Passengers will be able to access the Internet for the first time above the clouds with state-of-the-art notebook technology from Fujisu Siemens Computers.

12 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

25 years ago...

UN listens to pilots' pleas

Bonn (Oct 18): West German police commandos blasted their way into the hijacked Lufthansa jet at Somalia's Mogadishu airport early today and freed all 86 hostages - 90 minutes before a deadline to blow it up.

20 Oct 2002 - 12:00am