Lufthansa Group has accepted a flight-attendant union’s proposal that a long-running labour dispute be addressed through mediation talks.

Earlier this month, trade union UFO suggested mediation as a first step in preparing an arbitration process after two previous attempts failed in December.

Lufthansa’s chief officer of corporate human resources and legal affairs Michael Niggemann states: “We now make a large step toward UFO and are ready for mediation of non-wage issues.”

He adds, however, that the talks must “bindingly” facilitate an arbitration process to resolve the dispute, which spans 22,000 flight attendants across Lufthansa and several subsidiaries.

Lufthansa has repeatedly stated that it wants to resolve the conflict through a “comprehensive” arbitration process.

A meeting between the two parties and their designated arbitrators is planned for 16 January.