Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport is in chaos. The Dutch airline KLM has canceled some of its flights during the long weekend due to overcrowding at the airport. The difficulties will also affect passengers who had flights scheduled for Monday.
In The Netherlands it’s a long weekend. The reason is Pentecost Monday on June 6. Accompanied by this, however, chaos at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Due to overcrowding in the port, up to 50 flights a day are canceled during the long weekend. It will be similar on Monday.
KLM has said that affected passengers will be transferred to other flights. Amsterdam airport authorities also asked passengers to arrive 4 hours before scheduled departure.
There is a shortage of workers at Schiphol airport
On Saturday alone, thousands of passengers had to change their plans. Due to unfavorable weather conditions and delays at the airport, many planes were unable to land or take off, the Dutch carrier said, “a significant number of KLM flights on Saturday were delayed or canceled”.
In turn, according to Joost van Doesburg, the head of the FNV trade union in Schiphol, the cause of the difficulties “is the chronic shortage of personnel”. It includes security guards, check-in agents and flight technicians. In his opinion, the airport has been struggling with serious problems for many weeks.
The Reuters agency noted that the port authorities agreed earlier this week to raise workers’ salaries over the summer. Employment of more people has also been announced.
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is the third largest airport in Europe in terms of air traffic, after Paris Charles de Gaulle and London Heathrow.
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