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Lufthansa's Eurowings reaches deal on hiring for German unit

[BERLIN] Lufthansa's Eurowings has reached a deal with unions on hiring staff for its German unit, the budget carrier said on Wednesday, after a earlier agreement was blocked by pilots' union VC at the last minute.

"This means we can grow at short notice in all units of Eurowings," managing director Joerg Beissel said in a statement.

Eurowings' German unit was under a previous deal restricted to a fleet of 23 planes and Lufthansa had planned to grow mainly via Eurowings' Austrian unit.

However, eyeing the gap left in the market by collapsed Air Berlin, Eurowings was seeking a deal with staff to allow it to take on new staff quickly at the German unit, but a previous deal was blocked last month.