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Air Berlin cancels more than 70 flights due to pilots' "sick-out"

Air Berlin cancels more than 70 flights due to pilots'

Lufthansa's low-priced division Eurowings - which is wet-leasing Airbus A320-family jets from Air Berlin - has been affected.

Flights from Düsseldorf to Curacao, Cancun, Havana, Varadero, Punta Cana and Puerto Plata will end on September 25, Air Berlin said.

Air Berlin chief executive Thomas Winkelmann suggests that pilots who have absented themselves are "playing with fire".

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.

"We are now conducting final talks with potential investors".

The airline filed for insolvency in August after its main shareholder, Gulf carrier Etihad, withdrew financial support.

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An estimated one-sixth of the airline's 1,500 pilots called in sick on Tuesday, which is likely to represent one-third to one-half of the total rostered to work. Stable operations are a prerequisite for the success of these negotiations.

"VC is convinced that talks about a social plan for an orderly staff transfer is the only way to safeguard as many jobs as possible", says the union, adding that it has urged its members at Air Berlin to honour obligations in their labour contracts unless there is an "acute reason" to call in sick.

"The fear and anger among Air Berlin staff is escalating because the future of whole families are at stake".

As Air Berlin teeters on the brink of collapse, thousands of its passengers have had their travel plans wrecked by a "sick-out" involving flight crew.

The German government has agreed to provide a bridging loan of 150m euros to keep the airline flying for three months during the busy summer season.

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