September 13, 2017 / 12:22 PM / a year ago

Unacceptable for pilots to put Air Berlin fate at risk: minister

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Labour Minister Andrea Nahles said on Wednesday it is “completely unacceptable” for pilots at Air Berlin to put the airline’s fate at risk by calling in sick in unusually high numbers.

German Labour Minister Andrea Nahles reacts to questions of Reuters journalists in Berlin, Germany, September 13, 2017. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

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

“I think Air Berlin is in a decidedly difficult situation at the moment and the pilots, with their behavior, are putting at risk a reasonable handover or sale. That is unacceptable,” Nahles told Reuters in a television interview.

“And I say, quite clearly: 8,000 employees depend on this company. They should not be taken hostage to serve the interests of some pilots.”

Reporting by Holger Hansen; Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Madeline Chambers

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