Pilots at German airline Lufthansa plan to strike on Wednesday as they seek to raise the pressure on management in a long-running dispute over an early retirement scheme and plans to expand budget flights.
Pilot's Union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) said late on Monday the strike would focus on short- and medium-haul flights, saying Lufthansa's management remained undeterred in its efforts to offer less attractive working conditions for younger pilots.
Moves by Lufthansa to change costly wage deals and expand budget flights to cut costs and compete with low-cost carriers and rivals such as Emirates and Turkish Airlines have met with stiff resistance from pilots, who staged 10 strikes last year.
Lufthansa said the planned strike was out of proportion, especially as more talks had been scheduled for today.
"Lufthansa calls on VC to resume talks immediately," it said in a statement.
Flights at Lufthansa brands Germanwings, Eurowings, Air Dolomiti, Swiss and Austrian will be unaffected by the planned strike, as will long-haul routes.