Fewer passengers will be able to use Amsterdam Schiphol Airport this summer. The Dutch airport itself sets a maximum number of passengers per day. In July, this number reached about 67,500 passengers, and in August 72,500. To achieve this, it was announced today that flights were canceled
The time slots coordinator at the airport will consult with the various airlines to achieve the numbers. In July, according to Schiphol, about 13,500 seats are too much per day if all planes were completely full. August numbers will be announced at a later time.
Schiphol is taking the step to prevent “unmanageable queues,” it seems. As a result, many travelers may miss their flight, which can lead to unsafe situations. There is a shortage of staff at the airport, especially in security. As a result, queues have formed in front of the departure hall in recent weeks.
During the Corona period, the travel world was almost at a standstill, but it is now recovering faster than expected. Schiphol says it has more than doubled the number of passengers: from 25.5 million in 2021 to 60 million this year. But on the busiest days of last May holidays as well as next summer, more travelers are coming in than would be expected in this scenario.
However, CEO Dick Pinshop said at a press conference that he is not considering resigning. Benchob says, “Handing things over is his big job. And I feel supported in that too.”
With the current information we have received from Schiphol, it is expected that it will not be necessary to cancel existing reservations on a large scale.
KLM Airlines responded holding Schiphol responsible for the financial impact of these measures. “With the current information we have received from Schiphol, it is expected that it will not be necessary to cancel existing reservations on a large scale,” KLM said.
The airline believes that forced seat cancellations should be “one-time and short-term” which is highly undesirable. “It cannot be the case that airport users are structurally responsible for Schiphol capacity problems,” KLM said.
Competitor Transavia will sell far fewer seats this summer with the departure from Amsterdam. The company also expects to have to make cancellations. Our travelers want clarity. And in order to avoid disappointment as much as possible, we are therefore forbidding the sale of summer tickets,” it seems.
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