lufthansa german airlines pilots begin a fourday strike
Thousands of flights have been cancelled at Germany's main airports on the first day of a four-day strike by Lufthansa pilots.
Attempts at last-minute negotiations between the pilots' union and Lufthansa management, mediated by the government, failed at the weekend.
The dispute centres on the transfer of jobs to foreign subsidiaries of Lufthansa to cut costs.
The head of media relations at Lufthansa is Andreas Bartels.