Lufthansa cancels almost half of flights due to pilots' strike

FRANKFURT - German flagship carrier Lufthansa said it had cancelled 1,350 flights, or 48 per cent of scheduled services, for Monday and Tuesday as its pilots prepared to go on strike.

German pilots' union VC had called a strike at the carrier for the two days after talks broke down over retirement benefits.

The cancellations will affect more than 150,000 passengers, Lufthansa said in an e-mailed statement.