Air Berlin has cancelled around 70 flights for Tuesday, after pilots called in sick in unusually high numbers, AirLive reports.
The development affected both Air Berlin opertions and flights it carries out for Lufthansa’s Eurowings.
Departures information on Air Berlin’s website showed flights cancelled from a range of German airports including Berlin Tegel, Duesseldorf, Hamburg and Cologne.
A spokesman for Eurowings, which leases 33 crewed planes from Air Berlin, said it also expected short-haul flight cancellations as a result of the sickness-related absences.
However, the budget carrier expects to carry out the majority of its 650 planned flights for today because it would take measures such as rebooking customers onto other flights or trains and using standby planes and crews.