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Nearly all flights cancelled at Berlin airports due to strike

Members of Germany's Verdi union take part in a warning strike by ground services, security inspection and check-in staff at Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany March 10, 2017. The placard reads "Now more than ever"

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 ($12.71) from €11 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.

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