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Lufthansa apologizes for strike disruption

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  • Crew members of the Lufthansa airline are pictured during a six hours strike at the Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. A union representing Lufthansa flight attendants escalated a bitter pay dispute on Tuesday, calling members out on strike at three German airports _ including the two biggest, Frankfurt and Munich _ in a showdown with an airline determined to bring down costs in the face of increasingly tough competition.

      Crew members of the Lufthansa airline are pictured during a six hours strike at the Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. A union representing Lufthansa flight attendants escalated a bitter pay dispute on Tuesday, calling members out on strike at three German airports _ including the two biggest, Frankfurt and Munich _ in a showdown with an airline determined to bring down costs in the face of increasingly tough competition.
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BERLIN -- Lufthansa is apologizing to customers ahead of time for the widespread disruption expected Friday during a 24-hour walkout by flight attendants.

Still the German airline is making it clear it's up to the union to return to negotiations.

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Lufthansa has canceled about 1,200 flights Friday, two-thirds of its schedule. Ads in several German newspapers on Thursday said: "We regret this very much and apologize for it."

The airline added: "We consider this strike disproportionate."

On Tuesday, several-hour walkouts by Lufthansa cabin crews in Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin caused about 350 flight cancelations.

Lufthansa and the UFO union are at odds over pay and conditions as the airline struggles with increasingly tough competition from European budget carriers and government-owned Gulf airlines. Lufthansa underlined hopes of "more competitive structures in future."

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