FRANKFURT Oct 6 TUI's carrier TUIfly
has cancelled all its 108 flights planned for Friday after large
numbers of crew members took sick leave following plans for a
merger plan with peer Air Berlin.
TUIfly said on Thursday it expected more flight
cancellations over the next few days.
Workers at TUIfly are concerned 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.
Pilots and crew at TUIfly have been calling in sick this
week, forcing the cancellation of dozens of flights.
Loss-making Air Berlin, Germany's second-biggest
airline announced on Wednesday it was in talks to merge its
leisure travel business with that of travel and tourism giant
TUI's German airline TUIfly.
(Reporting by Arno Schuetze; editing by Susan Thomas)