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Lufthansa Loses Bid to Block Strike as Flights Canceled

  • Walkout by flight attendants leads to 931 cancellations
  • Strike starting Wednesday targets flights at German hubs
A cabin crew member wears a pin badge with the word strike and the Independent Flight Attendant Organisation (UFO) cabin crew union logo on her uniform during industrial action outside Frankfurt Airport, in Frankfurt, on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

A cabin crew member wears a pin badge with the word strike and the Independent Flight Attendant Organisation (UFO) cabin crew union logo on her uniform during industrial action outside Frankfurt Airport, in Frankfurt, on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.

Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg
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Deutsche Lufthansa AG lost a court bid to stop a strike by flight attendants, forcing the German carrier to cancel 931 flights scheduled for Wednesday and raising the stakes in a labor dispute that has already led to a record series of walkouts by cabin crew.

A labor court in Darmstadt ruled early Wednesday that the UFO flight attendants union could move forward with a three-day strike at Lufthansa’s hubs in Frankfurt and Munich. Whether the union can also walk out in Dusseldorf, as it had planned, remains open after the airline asked a second court to extend an injunction through Friday that it issued earlier stopping a previous strike in that city.