>> Berlin's airports are hosting determined protestors, and some very grumpy travelers. Almost all flights diverted or cancelled from both Tegel and Schönefeld airports amid a ground staff strike in the early hours of Friday morning. By 10 AM, almost 700 connecting flights had already been affected. The protest is planned to last 25 hours, workers demanding a pay increase from 11 to 12 Euros an hour.
Carriers that serve the airports will be heavily affected, including Air Berlin, Lufthansa, Easyjet and Ryanair. And the timing isn't great, the protests come as trade visitors try to head home from Berlin's ITB trade fair, the world's biggest. Efficient planning helping to mitigate most of the chaos, many travelers who had been pre-warned knew not to turn up to the airport.
Most will be able to fly again over the weekend, by which time these protesters hope to have started negotiations about pay.