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Germany: Air Berlin crew strike

FRANKFURT — Air Berlin was forced to cancel flights for a second day on Wednesday after pilots again called in sick in unusually high numbers, potentially complicating efforts to rescue the insolvent carrier.

Air Berlin, Germany’s second-biggest airline, is set to be carved up, most likely among several buyers, with binding offers due this Friday.

The airline filed for bankruptcy protection last month after its biggest shareholder, Etihad Airways, withdrew funding following years of losses.

However, those losses are mounting as more plans are grounded. Air Berlin said it had cancelled 32 flights on Wednesday after around 150 pilots called in sick. On Tuesday, Air Berlin had scrapped about 100 flights.

Some short-haul flights at Lufthansa’s budget airline Eurowings are also affected because it leases 33 planes with crews from Air Berlin.