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Why 200 pilots from the same airline chucked a sickie

Why 200 pilots from the same airline chucked a sickie”

Insolvent Air Berlin cancelled about 100 flights on Tuesday after pilots called in sick in unusually high numbers, potentially hampering an attempt to find investors to rescue Germany's second-largest airline.

The carrier, which declared bankruptcy last month after years of losses, is negotiating the transfer of staff to a potential buyer. It is essential that operations be stable in order for these negotiations to go well.

Pang previously acquired the former German military airport Parchim, located between Berlin and Hamburg.

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

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.

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"Passengers holding tickets for cancelled flights will be offered other travel options", the website states.

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

While a German government loan is helping keep Air Berlin alive, the carrier has also been forced to scrap some long-haul destinations from September 25.

The local newspaper cited a letter of intent sent by Pang's company LinkGlobal to Air Berlin's management dated on August 31. That number includes the 33 being used by Eurowings, five already leased to Lufthansa's Austrian Airlines as well as planes used by Air Berlin subsidiary Niki, the source said.

It called on its remaining pilots to support the airline as the sale of its assets nears the home stretch, saying continued flights were a pre-requisite for jobs at Air Berlin to be saved.



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