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Sunday, June 26, 2022

Dutch airport Schiphol to cut flights in busy summer

The Hague, Netherlands ( Associated Press) – The Netherlands’ busiest airport is restricting flight departures during its busy summer period as a lack of security staff means it cannot cope with high demand as many families take to the skies for the first time. carry away. The pandemic has eased.

The airport’s CEO said on Thursday that the decision could affect the holiday plans of thousands of passengers every day.

Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, one of Europe’s busiest, said in a statement that on average, from July 7 to the end of the month, the airport has about 13,500 seats per day, more than the capacity of security staff. A decision on the August flights will be taken later.

The airport, which saw long delays and flight cancellations during school holidays last month, did not say how many flights it would have to cancel in a day, saying some seats were not yet sold and passengers departing from different airports. may be able to. ,

“It’s definitely disappointing,” CEO Dick Benschop told reporters. “Disappointing for those concerned, families who have looked forward (to travel); Disappointment for airlines, first real summer after COVID; Disappointing for travel organizations and disappointing for us. ,

Schiphol is not the only European airport struggling to cope with staff shortages and skyrocketing demand for flights after two pandemic-ravaged years.

Travelers in the UK faced days of airport delays during the Easter school holidays, with British Airways and EasyJet canceling hundreds of flights due to staff absenteeism related to the coronavirus. Hours-long lines formed at British airport check-in, security and baggage points.

Benshop said Schiphol now had no choice but to act.

“It’s not responsible for going into the summer hoping for the best,” he said. “We are responsible for our passengers and employees and their safety and health.”


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