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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
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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