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Berlin airport strike extended until early Wednesday

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Berlin airport strike
Air traffic   The Verdi union:

A strike by ground crew workers at Berlin's two commercial airports has been extended until early Wednesday, the Verdi union announced.

The initial strike over pay by around 2,000 workers had been called until early Tuesday.

The walkout began at 0300 GMT on Monday and affects both of the German capital's airports - Schoenefeld in the south-east and Tegel in the north-west.

It will now last until around 0400 GMT on Wednesday.

At Tegel, 465 flights are expected to stay grounded on Monday while at Schoenefeld, 195 flights are due to be cancelled, a spokesman for the two airports said.

"We are asking all passengers to check with their airline about the status of their flight before they start their trip," a statement on a website for the airports said. Passengers due to land in Berlin have also been affected.

Airlines are re-routing some flights to the eastern German cities of Dresden and Leipzig, with Easyjet landing at the former and Ryanair the latter. Passengers are then being bussed to Berlin, two hours away.

An earlier strike on Friday caused hundreds of flight cancellations in Berlin.

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