The union for striking Lufthansa pilots has agreed to suspend the walkout until March 9 and the 4,000 pilots will return to work.

A spokesman for the Cockpit union told The Associated Press that the two sides reached an agreement after a two-hour long hearing at a Frankfurt labor court Monday night.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG agreed to resume talks with the union about their demands without any preconditions.

Lufthansa pilots are concerned that cheaper crews from the company's smaller airlines in other countries could eventually replace them.

The move ends what was to be a four-day walkout that already upended travel for 10,000 people worldwide.