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200 pilots call in sick, forcing Air Berlin to scrap flights

By: Associated Press
September 12, 2017 Updated: September 12, 2017 at 7:55 am
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photo - FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file photo airplanes of the German airline 'Air Berlin' are pictured at the Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany.  Air Berlin had to caoncel dozens of flights on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017.  (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)
FILE - In this April 2, 2014 file photo airplanes of the German airline 'Air Berlin' are pictured at the Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany. Air Berlin had to caoncel dozens of flights on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file) 

BERLIN (AP) — Bankrupt German airline Air Berlin says its existence is threatened by an apparent wildcat strike, after 200 pilots called in sick at short notice Tuesday.

The ailing carrier was forced to cancel more than 100 flights including trans-Atlantic connections, causing chaos at several German airports.

The airline's chief executive, Thomas Winkelmann, accused pilots of "playing with fire" as the canceled flights would cost the company several million euros (dollars), making it less attractive to potential buyers.

"A stable operation is an essential precondition for successful negotiations," Winkelmann said. "This is the only way we can protect as many jobs as possible."

German media reported that the airline is in a dispute with pilots about the transfer of staff to a new owner.

Air Berlin declared bankruptcy last month following years of losses and the decision of its biggest shareholder, Gulf airline Etihad, to cease payments. Bids to take over Air Berlin must be submitted by Friday.

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