German minister urges Air Berlin pilots to drop walkout

Posted: Updated:
(Roland Weihrauch/dpa via AP). Airplanes of Air Berlin park at the airport in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 when the airline cancelled dozens of flights. (Roland Weihrauch/dpa via AP). Airplanes of Air Berlin park at the airport in Duesseldorf, western Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 when the airline cancelled dozens of flights.

BERLIN (AP) - Germany's transport minister is appealing to pilots at bankrupt Air Berlin to abandon an apparent wildcat strike that has caused two days of disruption.

The ailing carrier was forced to cancel more than 100 flights Tuesday, causing chaos at several German airports, after 200 pilots called in sick at short notice. At least 32 were canceled Wednesday, though Air Berlin said more pilots were returning.

Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt said the pilots' action was counterproductive as the airline seeks a buyer. He added: "I can only appeal to everyone to show sense and let flights take place."

Germany's second-biggest airline declared bankruptcy last month following years of losses and the decision of its biggest shareholder, Gulf airline Etihad, to cease financing.

Bids for Air Berlin must be submitted by Friday.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

sorry to interrupt
your first 5 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 5 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 5 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login, create an account or subscribe to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."