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Lufthansa cabin crew stage 2nd day of strikes, flights canceled at Frankfurt and Duesseldorf

  • Lufthansa flight attendants protest at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, Friday, Nov. 5, 2015. The poster reads "without us - 0 air". Germany's flagship airline, Lufthansa, canceled 290 flights on Friday as cabin crew workers went on strike at Frankfurt and Duesseldorf airports. The carrier said the cancellations included 23 long-haul flights, and that overall some 37,500 passengers were affected. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

    Lufthansa flight attendants protest at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, Friday, Nov. 5, 2015. The poster reads "without us - 0 air". Germany's flagship airline, Lufthansa, canceled 290 flights on Friday as cabin crew workers went on strike at Frankfurt and Duesseldorf airports. The carrier said the cancellations included 23 long-haul flights, and that overall some 37,500 passengers were affected. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Canceled flights appear on a board at the airport  in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.  Germany's flagship airline, Lufthansa, canceled 290 flights on Friday as cabin crew workers went on strike at Frankfurt and Duesseldorf airports. The carrier said the cancellations included 23 long-haul flights, and that overall some 37,500 passengers were affected. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    Canceled flights appear on a board at the airport in Frankfurt, Germany, Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. Germany's flagship airline, Lufthansa, canceled 290 flights on Friday as cabin crew workers went on strike at Frankfurt and Duesseldorf airports. The carrier said the cancellations included 23 long-haul flights, and that overall some 37,500 passengers were affected. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

Cabin crew at Lufthansa are staging a second day of strikes, forcing the German airline to cancel some 520 short- and medium-haul flights.

The UFO union called members working on Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 planes at Lufthansa's main Frankfurt hub out on strike for 17 hours starting at 6 a.m. Saturday, along with cabin crew based in Duesseldorf.

UFO embarked Friday on walkouts that are expected to continue for a week, rotating around different airports, though no strikes are planned on Sunday.

The union wants to secure transition payments for its 19,000 members if they retire early as part of its contract dispute with the airline, which is trying to cut costs.

The strikes don't affect Lufthansa subsidiaries such as Eurowings, Germanwings, Swiss and Austrian Airlines.