Lufthansa Says Airline Will Return to "Almost Normal" Operations Saturday

lufthansaLufthansa has announced that, from Saturday onwards, the airline would return to "almost normal" operations. 

According to ABC News, Lufthansa had to cancel 941 flights Friday, affecting 110,000 passengers. 

Lufthansa's latest offer to striking flight attendant union UFO includes a one-time payment of 3,000 euroes per employee, as well as early retirement in line with the union's demands, Bloomberg reports. At the same time, the airline has said it wants to scale back flights, a move the union is resisting. While Lufthansa has not said how much this week's strike has cost, Kepler Cheuvreux estimates the financial imppact at about 100 million euros. 

All scheduled long-haul connections will be able to operate on Saturday, the airline said. Furthermore, the long-haul connections from Frankfurt to Hong Kong, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paolo, which were scheduled to take off on late Friday evening, will be delayed to Saturday morning, avoiding cancellation of those flights. Lufthansa will also return to almost normal operations on short- and medium-haul flights on Saturday. Due to operational reasons, there can be occasional flight cancellations, if the aircraft or crews are not yet at the site of operation.

Altogether the company was forced to cancel approximately 4,700 flights during seven strike days. Approximately 550,000 passengers were affected by the cancellations. 

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