Forced to cancel dozens of Air Berlin flights after pilots called in sick

Vastavam web:Bankrupt Air Berlin said it was forced to cancel dozens of flights on Tuesday, after “an exceptionally high number” of pilots called in sick.”We regret the inconvenience for our passengers,” said the airline on its website.Lufthansa’s low-cost subsidiary Eurowings, which is renting aircraft as well as pilot and crew from Air Berlin, has also been forced to cancel some flights.
Air Berlin filed for insolvency in mid-August, after its main shareholder Gulf carrier Etihad pulled the plug on its cash lifeline.In order not to leave travellers stranded during the busy summer season, the German government agreed to provide a bridging loan of 150 million euros to keep the airline flying for three months.The insolvent group is now hoping to complete its sale this month, with a Friday deadline for potential bidders to present their offers.Lufthansa which already leases 38 of Air Berlin’s 140 planes could buy up to 70 aircraft with as many as 3,000 crew for Eurowings, German media had reported.