FRANKFURT (dpa-AFX) - The trade union Verdi has ended the 27-hour warning strike by Lufthansa ground staff on Thursday morning. This was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the union.

The strike, which began on Wednesday morning, still led to some flight cancellations on Thursday, Lufthansa confirmed. After around 900 flight cancellations the day before, the airline had canceled a good 30 take-offs at its Frankfurt and Munich hubs for Thursday morning. These included some long-haul flights to the USA and Africa. After the orderly restart, however, no further cancellations were made, said a spokesperson for the company in Frankfurt. Normal operations will resume from midday.

Around 7,000 people took part in the warning strikes at the Frankfurt, Munich, Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Berlin sites, according to Verdi negotiator Marvin Reschinsky. He threatened Lufthansa with longer strikes if the previous offer was not improved. The company had criticized the early escalation of the conflict. The next round of negotiations is scheduled for next Monday (February 12).

In the wage dispute, Verdi is demanding a 12.5 percent increase in salary, but at least 500 euros per month for a term of one year. In addition, there is to be a Group-wide inflation bonus of 3000 euros. Lufthansa has offered 13 percent more money and an inflation bonus for a period of three years./ceb/DP/mis