Lufthansa cancels flights over pilot strike

A pilot of German airline Lufthansa sporting a button which reads ''strike'' on his uniform as he takes part in a demonstration at Fraport airport in Frankfurt April 2, 2014.

BERLIN - Germany's biggest airline Lufthansa said it was grounding 110 flights across Europe on Wednesday after pilots announced a strike over changes to early retirement rules.

The move will affect some 13,500 passengers flying into or out of Munich, Lufthansa said. Inter-continental flights will not be affected, although delays are expected.

It came after pilots' union Cockpit announced it was taking industrial action between 10am and 6pm (0800 to 1600 GMT) on Wednesday.

The airline has been hit by several rounds of industrial action over its plans to change its early retirement policy.

A strike last Friday hit 26,000 passengers as 218 flights had to be cancelled.

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