While knocking on wood, there is hope that labor peace will exist between Lufthansa and Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) through the Holidays.

In comments coming out of Frankfurt, it appears that both sides have agreed to a new series of mediation in an attempt to finally bridge the gap between the union and the airline.   So I’m cautiously optimistic that the union will not pull any stunts that seek to hurt passengers during one of the busiest travel season of the year.

Obviously past mediations have yielded nothing but more strikes and passenger grief but there’s always hope of reaching a deal.  Just like there’s hope of winning the lottery.

The labor dispute will enter it’s fifth year in 2017.  Pilots have been working without a new deal since 2012 and I suspect that trend to continue for the foreseeable future.