Berlin Airport cancels all flights on Wednesday amid wage strike

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Berlin’s airport said it has canceled all passenger flights for today because of a strike organized by the Verdi union.

The dispute means that about 300 takeoffs and landings won’t be possible, affecting about 35,000 passengers, according to a statement by the BER airport operator.

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Labor union Verdi called the warning strike, citing dissatisfaction with proposals made in three rounds of collective bargaining negotiations by the airport’s management.

It’s demanding an increase of €500 ($543) a month for ground services employees over a 12-month period as well as higher bonuses for air security personnel who work weekends and public holidays.

Berlin-Brandenburg opened in 2020 after eight years of construction delays. More than 19 million passengers passed through the airport in 2022, according to the operator’s website.

Air traffic has come back from the pandemic, with leisure travel picking up most notably. The surge caused chaos at airports across Europe last year after operators and ground personnel struggled to meet demand.

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