Berlin strike threat during ITB

Delays due to walkout are likely during trade fair
With nearly 100% of workers at Berlin’s airports voting on Friday to strike this week, the world’s travel industry players heading to ITB are likely to be impacted.
Ground staff at Schoenefeld and Tegel airports voted for strikes, with 98.6% of balloted workers voting in favour. Their union Verdi is demanding a pay rise to €12 an hour from around €11, as part of a one-year collective agreement. It is the latest in a series of walkouts at the airports.
ITB Berlin, which will be held on March 8 to 12, says it has put together measures to minimise the effects of the strikes including posting live updates on its website with a link to the latest information from the airports.
It is also providing links on ‘how to get to Berlin’ and ‘travel for visitors’ and is using Facebook and Twitter for live updates.
“ITB Berlin advises visitors from Germany and abroad to contact their airlines directly for updates on the situation and if necessary to take other forms of transport, such as trains, buses or cars,” an ITB Berlin press release reads.
“Visitors can travel swiftly and in comfort to ITB Berlin with a Deutsche Bahn ITB Berlin event ticket from any DB mainline railway station in Germany.” These DB event tickets are valid from March 6 to 14.
From March 8 to 12, visitors arriving by car can use the ICC indoor parking area in front of the Olympic Stadium, where a shuttle bus service provides transport to the southern entrance of Messe Berlin. The bus tour operator FlixBus, meanwhile, is offering visitors a 25% discount on single and return fares.
Reuters / TTG Nordic


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