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Air Berlin cancels more flights as company suffers

14 September 2017, 12:53 | Katrina Lee

Air Berlin cancels flights as pilots call in sick

Pilot action forces Air Berlin cancellations

Insolvent Air Berlin cancelled dozens more flights Wednesday as pilots again called in sick, despite warnings from the airline that the wildcat action could jeopardise rescue talks.

The carrier said Monday it will cancel numerous routes to the Caribbean and some U.S. flights from September 25, and only customers who bought tickets after the company filed for insolvency on August 15 will be reimbursed.

Air Berlin has accused the absent pilots of "threatening the existence" of the airline, warning that the turmoil could scare off investors.

It said at least 32 flights would be canceled on Wednesday, and that it was unable to operate 35 flights for Lufthansa's LHAG.DE budget airline Eurowings.

Air Berlin, Germany's second-largest airline, filed for bankruptcy protection last month after shareholder Etihad Airways withdrew funding following years of losses.

An industry source said Air Berlin could lose 4 million to 5 million euros a day because of the cancellations.

Board member Christine Behle states: "All talks about insolvent Air Berlin revolve around economical interests, but not the jobs of more than 8,000 employees".

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Lufthansa's low-priced division Eurowings - which is wet-leasing Airbus A320-family jets from Air Berlin - has been affected.

Domestic and global flights have been affected, stranding passengers.

About 150 pilots called in sick today, Air Berlin said.

"This day is costing us several million euros", Winkelmann said in a statement.

"We are in the middle of final negotiations with potential investors".

On its website, Air Berlin cited "operative reasons" for the cancellations on Tuesday, and asked passengers to call a helpline and refrain from travelling to the affected airports.

"The fear and anger among Air Berlin staff is escalating because the future of whole families are at stake".



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