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Sick pilots force ailing Air Berlin to cancel flights

Sick pilots force ailing Air Berlin to cancel flights

Germany's second-largest airline, Air Berlin, was forced to cancel dozens of flights on Tuesday due to an unusually high number of pilots calling in sick, the company said. Air Berlin has been dogged by delays and cancellations, which have resulted in it paying millions of euros in compensation to passengers.

Air Berlin announced on Monday that it would end its flights to the Caribbean from Düsseldorf beginning September 24.

Domestic and worldwide flights have been affected, stranding passengers. He states: "We are in the middle of final talks with potential investors". It is essential that operations be stable in order for these negotiations to go well. "Air Berlin has informed us on short notice that numerous flights operated by Air Berlin. can not be staffed", says Eurowings.

The Gulf-based company said last month the decline of Air Berlin was "extremely disappointing", especially as it had provided extensive support to the German carrier over the past six years, notably with a €250m (£227m) cash injection in April this year.

Germany's giant services sector union Verdi expressed solidarity with the absent pilots and warned that more workers could call in sick.

Air Berlin said once it had received the offers from potential investors on Friday, it hoped to reach a decision by September 21.

The airline Air Berlin has cancelled around 70 flights, including some at Zurich Airport, because of a pilot protest over the airline's uncertain future.

Verdi board member Christine Behle said: "All the conversations surrounding insolvent Air Berlin are always about its economic interests, never about the jobs of its more than 8,000 employees".


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