Against the backdrop of a manpower shortage crisis, Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam has announced a cut in the number of flights and a limitation on the number of passengers, in order to help make queues more bearable, in a way that allows for optimal management. There is no doubt that this is certainly not the post-Corona epidemic recovery picture that European airlines have been expecting.
The limit was set last Thursday, and it pertains to the number of passengers who can pass through the port during the summer season. The announcement also mentioned the problem of manpower shortages. This move, by one of Europe’s busiest airports, means that airlines – including KLM, the national airline of the Netherlands that is part of the Air France-KLM corporation, will have to cancel a small number of flights, which are currently unknown.
Also in London problems due to lack of manpower
The announcement said that Schiphol will receive about 70,000 passengers a day. This is a 16% reduction in the number of passengers planned by the airlines. “Placing a limit at this stage means that the vast majority of passengers will be able to fly from Schiphol safely and responsibly,” said airport CEO Dick Benshop.
On the other hand, KLM said it would hold Schiphol liable for the financial damage it would suffer as a result of the move. “It is not possible that those who use the airport will have to pay for Schiphol’s capacity problem,” the company said. Also, the company stated that they did not expect to “cancel existing orders on a large scale”.
Also in London problems due to lack of manpower. Gatwick Airport has announced that it will limit the number of daily flights in July to 825 and in August to 850, in contrast to the 900 daily flights expected in the summer months. This means that about 4,000 flights will be canceled and about 800,000 passengers will have to find other flights.
Lufthansa is also reducing flights
Airports across Europe have been hit hard due to manpower and logistics issues, after the airline industry reopened in full force after the removal of corona restrictions and the return of passengers. For example, various companies, including Lufthansa and EasyJet, have already announced plans to reduce the number of flights this summer.
Since April this year, there has been a real damage to flights calling at Schiphol Airport, due to a shortage of security and logistics personnel. The result: Hundreds of flights were canceled, and long queues became a common sight. In neighboring Germany, Lufthansa is expected to cancel 900 flights (both within Germany and to other destinations in Europe) at its centers in the cities of Frankfurt and Munich. These are flights that are expected on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays this coming July. Its low-cost carrier, Eurowings, is also canceling hundreds of flights expected in that period.
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