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Germanwings has announced that around 900 flights will be affected this week after a strike was called by pilots’ union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC).
The short-haul budget airline, a subsidiary of Lufthansa, has said the 24-hour strike will run from 23:00 on February 12 until 22:59 February 13.
The strike is due to a long-running dispute over changes to the airline’s retirement scheme - Lufthansa want to change the current system in which pilots retire at 55 and retain some of their pay until they reach the state pension age.
Germanwings will publish replacement flight plans today (February 11) but said it will “try to cover as many flights as possible” with its own pilots.
In a statement Germanwings said: “All passengers should check the current status of their flights on Germanwings.com/flightstatus where the latest information will be posted.
“If your flight is withdrawn you can cancel or rebook free of charge at germanwings.com or by contacting the call centre.
“Germanwings apologises for any inconvenience caused to passengers by this industrial action, and is striving to keep its effects to a minimum,” it added.
The VC pilots staged 10 strikes last year causing losses at Lufthansa and disruption to thousands of passengers.
VC said in a statement that its attempt to come to an agreement had failed. "Lufthansa thus demonstrates again that it does not want an agreement and is therefore responsible for more strikes.”