Regionals Update: Lufthansa CityLine averts pilot strike with last-minute accord

 - May 15, 2008, 8:42 AM

Lufthansa CityLine reached a tentative contract agreement with its 663 pilots in late February, narrowly averting a strike that threatened to derail the German company’s recovery from a pair of one-day strikes last May by Lufthansa mainline pilots. In mid-February CityLine pilots voted nearly unanimously in favor of a strike if the sides did not reach an agreement by the end of that month. Vereinigung Cockpit, the pilots’ labor union, sought to prevent salaries at the regional subsidiary from falling farther behind those of the mainline pilots, who reached an agreement last June after agreeing to raises based on German industry averages. If ratified, the new CityLine deal will apply retroactively to July 1, 2001, and extend through June 30, 2004.