BRUSSELS (AP) - Lufthansa and TAP Air Portugal are moving closer
to facing strike action by their pilots' unions, as British Airways braces for the second work stoppage in just over a week by thousands of its cabin crew.
Lufthansa, Europe's largest airline, received more bad news Tuesday, when the annual congress of the 105,000-strong International Association of Airline Pilots Associations voted to back a planned work stoppage by the carrier's pilots.
Although crews at each of the carriers have specific reasons for
going on strike, the underlying cause are the financial difficulties faced by the airline industry and the cost-cutting airlines have had to resort to in an effort to main competitiveness.
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