Lufthansa pilots extend strike to Friday, grounding short-haul flights

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Passengers wait in front of a check-in desk during a pilots strike of German airline Lufthansa at Munich airport, Germany, November 23, 2016. REUTERS/Michael Dalder (Copyright Reuters 2016)

Pilots at Germany's Lufthansa said they would extend strikes by another 24 hours, with the walkout on the third day affecting short-haul flights out of country on Friday.

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German pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit started a two-day walkout on Wednesday, grounding some 1,800 flights at one of Europe's largest airlines in a long-running pay dispute.

While walkouts on Wednesday and Thursday affect both long and short-haul flights, Friday's strike will only ground planes destined for short-haul routes out of Germany, the union said in a statement.

(Reporting by Tina Bellon; Editing by Victoria Bryan)