Lufthansa (OTCQX:DLAKY) has canceled 35 flights for Sunday as the fallout from a four-day strike by pilots over pay spilled into a fifth day. "However, 35 flights cancelled due to the strikes on the preceding days", the company said via Twitter on Saturday.
Lufthansa's pilots' union said on Friday it rejected the airline's latest pay offer, only hours after it was made, but added it has no plans now for further strikes beyond Saturday.
So far, some 350,000 passengers have been affected in the last bout of work stoppages, with 2,755 flights canceled from Wednesday to Saturday.
Bettina Volkens, head of human resources at the airline, said the changes would help the airline save money.
To resolve the long-running dispute, Lufthansa on Friday said it could offer a 2.4-percent pay rise in 2016, going up by another two percent to reach 4.4 percent in 2017.
"Unfortunately, high-level talks held today at short notice failed to lead to an agreement on the wage contract", said Joerg Handwerg, board member at Cockpit.
Still, the company increased its offer to pilots Friday in an effort to resume negotiations with the union.
The union is calling for an average increase of 3.7 per cent in pay for 5,400 pilots in Germany over a five-year period dating back to 2012.
Airlines owned by Lufthansa Group including Eurowings, Germanwings, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Air Dolomiti and Brussels Airlines are not affected by the strike.
Lufthansa pilots have struck 14 times since 2014.
But these terms were not found acceptable by the union and Lufthansa, which faces increasing competition from Gulf airlines and European budget carriers, says it can't satisfy the union's demand.
Each day of strikes costs Lufthansa roughly 10 million euros ($10.6 million), according to the airline's spokesman.