FRANKFURT Oct 6 Air Berlin and labour
unions called on the German airline's workers to put in extra
hours to offset staffing shortages at TUI's carrier TUIfly
, pilots' union Vereinigung Cockpit (VC) said.
Air Berlin leases some planes, including crew, from TUIfly,
so any staff shortages also affects its operations.
Pilots and crew at TUIfly have been calling in sick this
week, forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights, following
news of plans to merge TUIfly with Air Berlin's leisure travel
Workers at TUIfly are concerned that a combination with part
of Air Berlin in a holding led by Abu Dhabi-based Etihad, Air
Berlin's biggest shareholder, could mean job and pay cuts, union
Verdi said this week.
TUIfly earlier on Thursday said it had chartered 18 aircraft
from other airlines to try to keep operations going, but it
still had to cancel 47 of a planned 110 flights scheduled for
the day because of staff calling in sick.
Air Berlin, unions VC and Verdi and the works council are asking
Air Berlin's pilots, cabin crew and ground staff to work extra
shifts, the pilots' union said in a statement on Thursday.
(Reporting by Maria Sheahan. Editing by Jane Merriman)