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  • 3 April 2014, 10:40

Lufthansa Cancels 900 Flights As Pilots Strike

German airline Lufthansa has cancelled 900 flights as the pilots' union launched a three-day strike over wages.

More than 425,000 passengers are expected to be affected during the period, which will see a total of 3,800 flights called off.

Germany's largest carrier says it is rebooking passengers on different airlines or trains after informing them of the industrial action via text message.

Lufthansa spokeswoman Barbara Schaedler said: "We sent out more than 200,000 text messages to inform our customers about the upcoming strike and also increased our capacities at our call centres to help passengers rebook their trips."

Pilots have walked out as Lufthansa seeks to cut a transition payment for those who want to retire early, at the age 55.

They are also demanding a salary increase of 10%.

The dispute comes as Lufthansa comes up against increasing competition from European budget airlines.

The company has estimated the strike will cost it "tens of millions" of euros.