Air Berlin Crews Encouraged To Work Extra Hours

October 6, 2016

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Air Berlin has agreed with unions to encourage staff to work extra shifts as TUIfly staff shortages impact its operations.

TUIfly provides aircraft and crew to operate some Air Berlin flights under wet lease arrangements.

Some TUIfly staff have been calling in sick since news broke of the TUI-owned carrier’s discussions on merging with Air Berlin's leisure travel operations.

Air Berlin’s chief executive Stefan Pichler said "I would like to thank my colleagues for the signs of solidarity and teamwork… We are now focusing on ensuring a flight plan that meets the expectations of our passengers."

The staffing agreement will operate from October 5 to October 9, the Vereinigung Cockpit union said in a statement.