Lufthansa (LHAG.DE), a German airline, said it would make pilots a better offer on Tuesday in an effort to stop a wage dispute from getting worse after the

union said it would go on strike again this week. The Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) pilots' union made the announcement

after a strike last week that caused hundreds of flights to be cancelled, adding to the chaos of travel this summer.

The union, which represents more than 5,000 pilots, said that passenger pilots will go on strike on Wednesday and Thursday, and cargo pilots will strike from

Wednesday through Friday. Lufthansa said that its crisis team would decide whether to cancel flights because of the planned action by 1200 local time (1000)

In a statement, the airline said it was sad that the situation was getting worse because talks were set for Tuesday.

Lufthansa's head of HR, Michael Niggemann, said, "We will do everything we can, even if we are pressed for time, to come up with a better offer."

In response to inflation, VC has asked for a 5.5% pay raise that goes back to July 1 and an 8.2% pay raise in 2023.

So far, the airline has said it will raise prices by 500 euros on September 1 of this year and by 400 euros on April 1 of 2023, Lufthansa said.

Carsten Spor said late on Monday that the airline planned to hire nearly 20,000 new workers by the end of next year.