The German airline Lufthansa, one of the largest in Europe and the world, is preparing for a hot August on the business front as it is flying with planes full of vacationers. 97.6% of the members of the German pilots’ union, Vereinigung Cockpit, gave a favorable opinion on the union action. The vote does not mean that there will certainly be a strike, but it puts pressure on the airline in the midst of negotiations not only with commanders and first officers, but also with ground workers.
This month, according to the data provided to Courier by Airline Data Inc, the only Lufthansa (the company, not the group) it expects to operate nearly 40,500 flights, a daily average of 1,300, and approximately 6.3 million seats for sale. According to Eurocontrol – the European agency that watches over the skies of the Old Continent, Lufthansa carried out 1,149 take-offs on 31 July, immediately after Ryanair (group), easyJet, Turkish Airlines. In short, even a strike day risks involving over 200,000 people. And it follows the nearly 700 flights canceled due to the ground crew strike on July 27-28 and the approximately 7,000 canceled by the company due to the shortage of personnel in the European skies.
Lufthansa pilots are demanding a 5.5% salary increase (plus automatic adjustment to inflation). The employees of the land services – about 20 thousand – have proposed an increase in wages of 9.5%, that is at least 350 euros more per month for twelve months. For the latter, Lufthansa has relaunched with an 18-month package divided as follows: 150 euros more per month, starting in July, until the end of the year. Then 100 euros per month more from January 2023, plus a 2% increase from mid 2023. On 3-4 August there will be another summit.
Financial results with growing profits
In this period, the staff of airlines, airports and service companies are increasingly asking for an upward revision of salaries to cope with the rising cost of living. Company accounts also support them. In the April-June quarter of this year – therefore without taking into account the summer boom – after the two years of Covid, Air France-Klm-Transavia (+324 million euros), Ryanair (+170 million), British Airways (+54 million), Iberia (+93 million), Aer Lingus (+15 million). The Lufthansa group (which also includes Swiss, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines, Eurowings, Air Dolomiti) on 4 August will present the quarterly report with a positive Ebit between 350 and 400 million euros.