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Air Berlin cancels 100 flights after 200 pilots call in sick

Air Berlin cancels 100 flights after 200 pilots call in sick”

Other airlines, Ryanair included, are already waiting on the outcome of the conflict in an attempt to acquire a portion of Air Berlin's most profitable routes.

Air Berlin made a loss of €782m (£703m) in 2016.

It prompted the airline to accuse them of sabotaging rescue talks with potential investors. "A stable operation is mandatory for these negotiations to succeed". At least 32 were canceled Wednesday, though Air Berlin said more pilots were returning.

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On Sunday his company Intro offered 50 million euros immediately for the stricken airline, with up to 450 million euros of further payments "depending on performance", he said.

"Nevertheless, Eurowings is able to operate the majority of its flight programme of 650 daily Eurowings flights as scheduled", a spokesperson said. Air Berlin has been dogged by delays and cancellations, which have resulted in it paying millions of euros in compensation to passengers.

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

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She added she found the walkout by pilots "by no means surprising". Etihad owns 49 percent of the Italian airline.

Flights from Air Berlin's key hubs in Berlin and Dusseldorf were especially badly hit by cancellations, the airline said.

Former Formula One driver Niki Lauda is also interested in buying back Niki, the Austrian airline he founded, which merged with Air Berlin six years ago.

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Air Berlin has also attracted buyer interest from China's LinkGlobal Logistics, German newspaper Bild reported today. It is telling customers: "Affected passengers are kindly asked not to come to the airport".



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