Lufthansa faces pilots' strike on Friday

STORY: Lufthansa said it would do everything possible to minimise the effects of a pilots’ strike due to begin Friday (September 2).

A key union said late Wednesday (August 31) that pay talks had failed with the German carrier.

It also said the strike would affect both passenger and cargo services.

One union representative said they had not received a sufficient offer, which they called "a sobering and a missed opportunity."

The union wants a 5.5% pay rise this year for its more than 5,000 pilots.

Demands also include automatic inflation compensation thereafter.

Lufthansa said its offer was good and balanced.

The airline had offered around $900 more in pay per month in two stages over an 18-month term.

It also offered an agreement guaranteeing cockpit staff a minimum fleet size.

Strikes and staff shortages have forced airlines to cancel thousands of flights this summer.

Hours-long queues have been a feature at major airports.