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TUIfly Forced to Cancel Flights After Entire Crew Calls in Sick

By Stephen Fuchs on Email @StephenWFuchs

Germany’s budget airline TUIfly ran into a bit of trouble over the weekend when all of its flight crew called in sick Friday, leaving the airline no choice but to cancel all flights.

Everyone calling in sick was no coincidence or the result of a nasty virus. After word spread that the airline was in late-stage talks with Air Berlin to acquire 35 of its planes to form a new airline and essentially bail out the struggling company, TUIfly staff were not happy.

Flight crew were concerned that the deal would lead to poor working conditions and considerable cuts in their pay. While it was a bold move, their concerns were definitely heard as TUI announced that they will be pushing back the vote on the Air Berlin deal. Employees were also told that their contracts and pay would not be changed should the deal go through.

The moment of protest led to more than 100 flights being canceled over the weekend, but the airline resumed normal operations by Sunday.

Sources: Financial Times

Photo: TUI

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