Air Berlin cancels more flights as company suffers

Insolvent Air Berlin said it has cancelled around 70 flights so far on Tuesday, affecting both its own operations and flights it carries out for Lufthansa's Eurowings, after pilots called in sick in unusually high numbers.

With the deadline drawing close for investors to submit bids for Air Berlin, operations are facing increasing disruption.

A decision on the fate of Air Berlin could come as quickly as September 21, three days before the German national election.

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

Representatives from pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit were not immediately available for comment.

In mid-August, Air Berlin, the second largest German airline, filed for bankruptcy following the refusal of the Etihad Airways, which holds a 29.2-percent stake in the airline, to continue providing it with financial support.

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"We are now in final discussions with investors" he said, warning that cancellations were costing the already bankrupt firm "millions of euros".

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

Air Berlin announced yesterday the cancellation of flights to Caribbean destinations as it is forced to reduce its long-haul fleet.

This has the potential to unsettle any potential rescuers for Air Berlin, which filed for administration last month when it was given a €150m (£135m) loan by the German government.

One source has told Reuters that Lufthansa is interested in as many as 90 of Air Berlin's planes.

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

  • Megan Austin