FRANKFURT, March 10 Nearly all flights were
cancelled at Berlin's two airports on Friday due to strike
action by ground staff, who want an increase in pay to 12 euros
($12.71) from 11 euros an hour.
Berlin Airport, which operates Tegel and Schoenefeld, said
455 flights had been cancelled at Tegel and 204 at Schoenefeld
as of 0615 GMT. The strike is due to run for 25 hours from 0400
local time (0300 GMT) on Friday.
Carriers including Air Berlin, Lufthansa,
easyJet and Ryanair serve the two airports.
The industrial action comes as many trade visitors try to
make their way home from the world's biggest tourism trade fair,
the ITB, which ends in Berlin on March 12.
"We are ready for talks at any time, of course also over the
weekend, and open for a new offer," said Enrico Ruemker, strike
leader at trade union Verdi.
The airport operator advised passengers to check their
flight status with airlines before setting off for the airport.
($1 = 0.9440 euros)
(Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Nick Macfie)