Ground crew, represented by union Verdi, went on strike at Tegel and Schoenefeld airports at 0400 GMT and were due to resume work at 1000 GMT. They want a pay rise of roughly 10 percent to 12 euros an hour. Verdi says ground staff, whose roles include loading and unloading planes and directing them on the tarmac, are caribbean airlines cheap flights to new york paid too little considering safety is paramount in the industry and the workload is increasing due to rising passenger numbers. Passenger numbers to Tegel and Schoenefeld rose a combined 11 percent in 2016. About 500 take-offs and landings were planned for Wednesday at Berlin's airports, an airports spokesman said. He said no more specific figures were immediately available. Ground crew were also on strike at smaller airports in Hamburg and Stuttgart. "It's a pay level that for the amount of work we do simply isn't enough," Verdi negotiator, Enrico Ruemker, told Reuters TV at Tegel. "We're due to negotiate for the fourth time on February 10 and if no offer is put forward then further strikes are very likely." Airlines that serve the German capital, including Lufthansa , easyJet, Air Berlin and Ryanair , had to cancel or delay flights.
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Many travel agents have hedged their currency risk against potential Brexit volatility, or may pass the extra costs on to their suppliers, the hotels, resorts or affordable flights to orlando fl from honolulu airlines, said Charles Purdy, chief executive of Smart Currency Exchange. Tough economic climates stretch across the eurozone and local prices have been forced down to offset the dip in the pound. Tourists and locals are watching their pennies and shops, restaurants, bars and hotels are responding to intense competition, said Andrew Brown of Post Office travel money. Going stateside The pound has suffered its sharpest falls against the all-conquering dollar, crashing more than 17% from $1.49 before the referendum, to around $1.24 today. This means that a plate of morning eggs in the local diner has gone up as well the tax and tips which come as inevitable add-ons. Some respite can be found in the fact that the price of airfares and hotels at peak times appear to have dropped in the past two years due to competition between airlines and holiday firms. Flights to Fort Lauderdale and Boston have fallen by almost a third, and to San Francisco by more than a quarter, said Suzanne Perry, from travel site, Kayak.co.uk. Local prices in popular destinations such as Orlando, Las Vegas and Boston have fallen by up to 10% compared with last summer, she said. You can get rooms for under 150 a night, which isnt likely to price-out Brits. Florida remains relatively affordable and crowd free, but only if you can go in September, October and November (avoiding UK half term). A 10-day break starts from 475 a person, including flights. Otherwise, Norwegian Airlines is planning to offer flights to New York from the summer for as little as 60.
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