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Lufthansa pilots go on strike

Pilots for German airline Lufthansa have started a three-day strike which has forced the company to cancel 3,800 flights. The pilots are protesting over changes in retirement benefits, such as raising the retirement age and requiring new pilots to pay into a transitional pension fund. More than 425,000 passengers are expected to be affected by the strike.

Lufthansa pilots go on strike
Striking Lufthansa pilots gather to protest at Frankfurt Airport on April 2, 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. The pilots, who are members of the Vereinigung Cockpit labor union, have launched a three-day strike that has forced Lufthansa to cancel 3,800 flights. (Getty Images)
Lufthansa pilots go on strike
Passengers take drinks and snacks in front of the destination board with the canceled Lufthansa flights at Frankfurt Airport on April 2, 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. The pilots, who are members of the Vereinigung Cockpit labor union, have launched a three-day strike that has forced Lufthansa to cancel 3,800 flights. (Getty Images)
Lufthansa pilots go on strike
Passengers wait in front of the destination board with the canceled Lufthansa flights at Frankfurt Airport on April 2, 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. The pilots, who are members of the Vereinigung Cockpit labor union, have launched a three-day strike that has forced Lufthansa to cancel 3,800 flights. (Getty Images)
Lufthansa pilots go on strike
Striking Lufthansa pilots gather to protest at Frankfurt Airport on April 2, 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. The pilots, who are members of the Vereinigung Cockpit labor union, have launched a three-day strike that has forced Lufthansa to cancel 3,800 flights. (Getty Images)
Lufthansa pilots go on strike
Passengers wait in front of the destination board with the canceled Lufthansa flights at Frankfurt Airport on April 2, 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. The pilots, who are members of the Vereinigung Cockpit labor union, have launched a three-day strike that has forced Lufthansa to cancel 3,800 flights. (Getty Images)
Lufthansa pilots go on strike
Striking Lufthansa pilots gather to protest at Frankfurt Airport on April 2, 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. The pilots, who are members of the Vereinigung Cockpit labor union, have launched a three-day strike that has forced Lufthansa to cancel 3,800 flights. (Getty Images)
Lufthansa pilots go on strike
Striking Lufthansa pilots gather to protest at Frankfurt Airport on April 2, 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. The pilots, who are members of the Vereinigung Cockpit labor union, have launched a three-day strike that has forced Lufthansa to cancel 3,800 flights. (Getty Images)
Lufthansa pilots go on strike
Striking Lufthansa pilots gather to protest at Frankfurt Airport on April 2, 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. The pilots, who are members of the Vereinigung Cockpit labor union, have launched a three-day strike that has forced Lufthansa to cancel 3,800 flights. (Getty Images)
Lufthansa pilots go on strike
A striking Lufthansa pilot poses in front of the Lufthansa company logo at Frankfurt Airport on April 2, 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany. The pilots, who are members of the Vereinigung Cockpit labor union, have launched a three-day strike that has forced Lufthansa to cancel 3,800 flights. (Getty Images)