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Pilots at Germany's Lufthansa launch 2-day strike

  • FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file picture Lufthansa aircraft are parked as Lufthansa pilots went on a three-days-strike in Frankfurt, Germany. German airline Lufthansa says it's going to cancel almost a third of all flights Wednesday because of a pilots’ strike. The Cockpit union announced Monday that pilots of all short- and long-haul flights out of Germany will go on strike in a dispute over pay. The airline said Tuesday  Nov. 22, 2016 that “due to tomorrow's strike 876 of 3,000 LH Group flights had to be cancelled.”  (AP Photo/Michael Probst,file)

    FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file picture Lufthansa aircraft are parked as Lufthansa pilots went on a three-days-strike in Frankfurt, Germany. German airline Lufthansa says it's going to cancel almost a third of all flights Wednesday because of a pilots’ strike. The Cockpit union announced Monday that pilots of all short- and long-haul flights out of Germany will go on strike in a dispute over pay. The airline said Tuesday Nov. 22, 2016 that “due to tomorrow's strike 876 of 3,000 LH Group flights had to be cancelled.” (AP Photo/Michael Probst,file)  (The Associated Press)

  • A passenger carries a lot of luggage as he walks through a terminal of the international airport as pilots of German Lufthansa airline went on a two days lasting strike for higher wages in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    A passenger carries a lot of luggage as he walks through a terminal of the international airport as pilots of German Lufthansa airline went on a two days lasting strike for higher wages in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

  • A passenger stands at Lufthansa counters in a terminal of the international airport as pilots of German Lufthansa airline went on a two days lasting strike for higher wages in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

    A passenger stands at Lufthansa counters in a terminal of the international airport as pilots of German Lufthansa airline went on a two days lasting strike for higher wages in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)  (The Associated Press)

Pilots at German airline Lufthansa have launched a two-day strike in a pay dispute, a walkout that has forced the company to cancel nearly 900 flights on Wednesday alone.

The Cockpit union initially called members out on a 24-hour strike Wednesday. Late Tuesday night, after Lufthansa tried and failed to have courts block the walkout, it said that they would also strike on Thursday.

The company canceled 876 of the Lufthansa group's planned 3,000 flights on Wednesday and said that around 100,000 passengers were affected. It expressed "complete incomprehension" at Cockpit's decision to extend the strike.

Other Lufthansa group airlines such as Eurowings, Swiss and Austrian Airlines aren't affected by the walkout.

The latest strike by Cockpit is the 14th since April 2014 in the long-running dispute.