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Lufthansa strike will likely cause cancelation of 1,450 flights

Hundreds of thousands of passengers will be affected by a Lufthansa pilots' strike that will begin midday Monday.

Pilots on short-haul routes will strike for 35 hours, forcing the grounding of an expected 1,450 flights, mostly for destinations within Europe, the BBC reports. Long-haul flights will be targeted on Tuesday.

This is the Lufthansa pilots' eighth strike in 2014. They are protesting proposed changes to retirement and pension terms, with the airline wanting to raise the retirement age from 55 to 60. The union, Vereinigung Cockpit, said in a statement that Lufthansa is not acting on the compromises proposed by the pilots' group, and is "stonewalling."