The prospect of flight disruption over the summer holiday period has been raised as German air traffic controllers voted to strike in a row over pay.
The GdF union said a ballot of members produced a 95.8% vote in favour of a walkout. No decision has been made on whether or when strikes will go ahead.
A decision is expected on Tuesday August 2 when union leaders consider a new offer made by Germany's air traffic control authority over the weekend. GdF has been seeking a one-year wage deal with a 6.5% pay increase for some 5,500 controllers.
Germany's air traffic control authority said its new offer involves a 3.2% rise and a one-time payment now, followed by a smaller rise - of 2%, or at least the level of inflation - in November 2012.
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