Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Air Berlin pilots call in sick

Air Berlin pilots call in sick

Bidders have until September 15 to submit binding offers, with a decision possible as early as September 21, three days before a German national election. Stable operations are a prerequisite for the success of these negotiations.

Departures information on Air Berlin's website showed flights cancelled from a range of German airports including Berlin Tegel, Duesseldorf, Hamburg and Cologne.

Air Berlin has been forced to cancel more than 110 flights today after pilots called in sick.

They announced the cancellation of more than 100 flights on Tuesday.

The news of Pang's interest comes as Air Berlin is still reeling from mass flight cancellations caused by pilots calling in sick as a form of protest.

It seems like sickness is in the air since their cancelled flights aren't. The allowance may reportedly keep the carrier afloat until mid-November with its German jobs put at risk.

German flagship carrier Lufthansa - which already leases 38 of Air Berlin's 140 planes - is seen as the favourite to take over the bulk of the stricken carrier's assets.

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.

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

On 15 August 2017, Germany notified the European Commission of its intention to grant a 150 million euro bridging loan to Air Berlin, which will be provided by the German public credit institution KfW.

Later, Irish low-priced airline Ryanair accused Lufthansa and the German government of conspiracy to carve up the assets of the collapsed airline.

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