* Strike to last 24 hours
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa will go on strike on Wednesday in a long-running pay dispute, their labour union said on Monday.
The strike will run for 24 hours from midnight and affect short-haul and long-haul flights departing from German airports, the Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) union said in a statement.
A spokesman for Lufthansa said the German flagship carrier had taken note of the strike announcement and regretted any inconvenience it may cause its passengers.
Pay talks broke down earlier this month. The two sides are trying to agree contracts dating back to 2012 and the union is calling for an average 3.7 percent a year pay increase for 5,400 pilots over a five-year period.
Lufthansa has offered 2.5 percent increases, which the pilots' union has said equates to a virtual pay freeze.
Separately, union Verdi called for a walkout at Lufthansa's budget subsidiary Eurowings at Duesseldorf and Hamburg airports on Tuesday.
Verdi has demanded better pay for about 460 cabin crew. A spokesman for Eurowings said the strike announcement was unreasonable because the union had not declared current wage talks a failure.