BERLIN: The ver.di union has once again called for a strike by ground handling on Monday, March 13th, 2017 at the Berlin airports.
The strike will have a considerable impact on the air traffic to and from Berlin and, unfortunately, passengers should expect delays, flight cancellations and, in particular, significant disruptions in baggage handling. Long-haul flights, the feeder flight AB6431 from Berlin-Tegel to Dusseldorf and the flight AB8380 from Berlin-Tegel to Tel Aviv will expected to be operated.
In order to reduce baggage claim waiting times in Berlin, airberlin has recommended all passengers travel only with hand baggage if possible. Please transport valuables (e.g. car keys, house keys, jewellery, laptops, medicines, etc.) exclusively in hand baggage.
“Since flights may be cancelled/delayed at short notice, all passengers are asked to regularly monitor the status of their flight: airberlin.com/flightstatus » or by calling the special toll-free hotline: +49 (00) 800 573 78 000 within Germany. For calls from the USA, please call (917) 261-3165 (local rates apply). We ask for your understanding that due to the increased volume of calls, the waiting times may currently be higher than usual,” the airline said in a statement on its website.
“Airberlin asks all passengers whose domestic flight to and from Berlin was cancelled due to the strike to exchange their flight ticket for a free Deutsche Bahn train voucher. You will receive the voucher upon presentation of your travel confirmation (boarding pass or ticket number) at any airberlin airport ticket counter. In addition, we have set up an airberlin service counter at the Berlin-Tegel airport on gate position A2, in terminal A. In order to reduce voucher exchange waiting times, we ask all passengers to have their travel confirmation ready,” the statement added.
Passengers which flights are cancelled due to strike at Berlin-Tegel airport on March 13th, 2017 may rebook their flight to an alternative date or obtain a refund. They can contact airberlin service center for further details. Passengers whose flight is part of a package holiday should contact their respective tour operator or travel agent.