The tail of a Lufthansa airplane is seen outside a Lufthansa Technik maintenance hangar at Malta International Airport outside Valletta, Malta, November 23, 2016. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

The tail of a Lufthansa airplane is seen outside a Lufthansa Technik maintenance hangar at Malta International Airport outside Valletta, Malta, November 23, 2016. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi (Copyright Reuters 2016)

Lufthansa cancels 137 long-haul flights on Saturday

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Lufthansa said it was cancelling 137 long-haul flights on Saturday affecting around 30,000 passengers due to a strike by pilots, it said on Friday.

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Pilots represented by union Vereinigung Cockpit began the walkout on Wednesday and said on Thursday they would extend it to long-haul flights on Saturday.

Lufthansa said 95 percent or 2,863 of its scheduled flights on Saturday would still take place. Of the 137 canceled flights, 88 are intercontinental routes. A few medium- and short-haul flights would also be affected, it added.

(Reporting by Caroline Copley; Editing by Arno Schuetze)