13 September, 2017
It is understood about six companies are in the race to bid for assets belonging to Air Berlin by the deadline this week, including Thomas Cook's Condor and low-priced players such as easyJet.
The German airline Air Berlin canceled more than 110 flights on Tuesday because of a high number of sick leaves.
Chief executive Thomas Winkelmann said employees were "playing with fire" with their apparent protest action, which comes ahead of a Friday deadline for interested bidders to submit offers to take over parts of Germany's second-largest airline.
Earlier in the day, the airline said that its pilots had filed an unusually high number of sick leaves, and it was forced to cancel flights.
Both domestic and worldwide flights were affected, including links between Berlin and Los Angeles or Dubai. He states: "We are in the middle of final talks with potential investors. That is the only way to secure as many jobs as possible", Mr Winkelmann said.
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The ailing carrier was forced to cancel more than 100 flights, including transatlantic connections, as a result of the sick notices, causing chaos at several German airports.
The airline had for years struggled for survival, and booked losses amounting to 1.2 billion euros ($1.4 billion) over the past two years.
Air Berlin continues to fly during the preliminary insolvency proceedings due to an EU-approved loan of EUR€150 million (USD$179 million) agreed at the beginning of September.
About 200 of Air Berlin's 1,500 pilots reported being ill. A decision on the fate of Air Berlin could come as quickly as September 21, three days before the German national election.