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Lufthansa's Growing Strike Bill Shows Spohr Digging In for Fight

  • CEO says action needed after years of `taking an aspirin'
  • Company aims to reduce costs to level of discount rivals
A flight departure board displays blank estimated flight departure times for Deutsche Lufthansa AG (LH) and other airlines during a Lufthansa cabin crew worker's strike at Frankfurt Airport, operated by Fraport AG, in Frankfurt, Germany, on Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Lufthansa faces a week-long strike by cabin crew as part of a long-running dispute with unions related to plans to expand low-cost unit Eurowings.
Photographer: Martin Leissl/Bloomberg
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Deutsche Lufthansa AG Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr is digging in for the battle of his professional life.

Lufthansa’s losses from a series of crippling strikes over the past 10 months are set to surpass 230 million euros ($247 million), eclipsing expenses from a spate of walkouts last year. While the bill is eating into profit, it’s also testimony to Spohr’s determination to deliver the radical restructuring he says is needed to take on leaner carriers such as EasyJet Plc and British Airways.