Frankfurt am Main (AFP) – 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 mass “sick-out” comes ahead of a Friday deadline for potential investors to submit bids for Air Berlin assets.
“More than 30 flights” had to be scrapped early Wednesday as some 150 pilots handed in sick notices for a second day, an Air Berlin spokeswoman said.
Duesseldorf and Berlin-Tegel airports were worst hit by the cancellations, she said, advising affected passengers “not to come to the airport”.
Thousands of travellers were already left stranded on Tuesday when some 200 of Air Berlin’s 1,500 pilots suddenly called in sick, forcing the cancellation of around 100 flights.
Air Berlin has accused the absent pilots of “threatening the existence” of the airline, warning that the…