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FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Insolvent Air Berlin cancelled 32 flights on Wednesday as pilots continued to call in sick ahead of a deadline for potential investors to submit bids for parts of Germany's second-largest airline.
Parties interested in buying its assets have until Friday to submit binding offers.
On Tuesday, about 100 flights were cancelled after 200 pilots called in sick.
The airline has said the cancellations threatened its existence and could force it to shut down, jeopardising negotiations with potential investors.
Germany's biggest airline, Lufthansa, is seen in pole position to acquire large parts of its rival and a decision on the bids come could as early as Sept. 21, three days before a national election.
Thomas Cook's German carrier Condor is preparing a bid for parts of Air Berlin, another source said, while media reports said easyJet may want up to 40 planes.
(Reporting by Maria Sheahan; editing by Jason Neely)