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More than 650 flights grounded as Berlin ground crew strike

Passengers queue for bus transport during a wage strike by ground staff at Berlin’s Tegel airport on March 10, 2017 © AFP / Tobias SCHWARZ

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, Mar 10 – More than 650 flights at the German capital Berlin’s airports were cancelled Friday as ground crews launched a fresh round of strikes, airport operator FBB said.

The disruption began around 0300 GMT and is expected to last for one day, leaving almost all passenger and cargo flights grounded.

A total of 204 flights were cancelled at Schoenefeld airport and 455 at Tegel, an FBB spokesman told AFP.

An information sign covered with a banner reading “Strike” during a wage strike of ground staff at Berlin’s Tegel airport on March 10, 2017 © AFP / Tobias SCHWARZ

Berlin ground crews walked out twice in February as service workers’ union Verdi piles on pressure in wage negotiations.

The union is fighting for higher salaries for workers registering passengers and loading baggage at airports around Germany, with around 2,000 of them based in the capital.

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