Press: Air Berlin’s pilots threaten strike

Pilots at Air Berlin recently acquired unit DBA Luftfahrtgesellschaft mbH have threatened to go on strike should the two sides fail to agree a new wage increase, reported Spiegel’s online site without citing sources. The pilots are demanding a 5 pct increase, while chief executive Joachim Hunold has offered packages on par with the rest of the airline.

The magazine said 98 pct of the members of a DBA pilots association favoured a strike.

According to the report, Hunold had threatened in an earlier interview that he would close the DBA unit should the pilots go on strike.

Flights attendants at DBA have already threatened to walk away from their jobs should the company not accept their demand for a three-year package guaranteeing wages.