Amsterdam Schiphol “calls on passengers not to come to the airport anymore”Back to Forum
We in the UK thought we had problems with airport congestion.
But in the Netherlands this morning (April 23) Schiphol has just tweeted to tell passengers not to come to the airport anymore. [NL]
It’s very rare for a major European hub airport to issue such blunt advice caused by a lightning strike by KLM baggage loaders.
Schiphol en partners doen er op dit moment alles aan de situatie op de luchthaven beheersbaar te houden. Mede door de staking bij KLM is de terminal op dit moment te vol. Schiphol roept reizigers op niet meer naar de luchthaven te komen. https://t.co/KqnNZ1sEXz
— Schiphol (@Schiphol) April 23, 2022
Belgium’s aviation24.be has an English translation.
Schiphol majors on transfer traffic and many of the latter travellers would already been en route (especially those on incoming long-haul flights).
Let’s hope the strike is settled soon.23 Apr 2022
Now KLM has issued a statement [NL] to say that the strike has finished but there will be delays and cancellations.
Readers who may be flying to, from or through Schiphol today must bear this in mind. In the case of long haul transit travellers it may take a couple of days until schedules return to normal.
KLM says “these disruptions will have a major impact on passengers and colleagues at the start of the May holiday. KLM is doing everything it can to fully resume operations as soon as possible.”23 Apr 2022
The issues at Schiphol are not over yet.
This morning Luchtvaartnieuws [NL] is reporting that a number of KLM flights have had to divert away from Schiphol because of congestion at the latter.
The flights in question, which I presume would be short-haul, were diverted to Rotterdam, Gronningen and Brussels.
KLM’s operations director Rene de Groot is quoted as saying that this is due to runway maintenance which has reduced Schiphol’s capacity.
1 user thanked author for this post.25 Apr 2022
Latest news this evening is that Schiphol has asked airlines to cut some flights over the coming days in a bid to minimise the congestion that this airport has been experiencing.
Staff shortages exacerbated by a strike have caused huge delays at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport.
The airport has now asked airlines to reduce the number of passengers by cutting flights.https://t.co/Y1PTUiCPnO
— DW News (@dwnews) April 28, 202228 Apr 2022
KLM has cancelled a number of flights over the weekend. It says further cancellations may follow so check your bookings. KLM advises that travellers check-in at Schiphol three hours in advance.
Statement crowds and cancellations Schiphol weekend 29-30 April and 1 May
KLM has canceled 47 flights (returns and one-way) for Saturday and Sunday to date. On Friday, there was already a total of 28 return flights that have been cancelled. Due to these cancellations, we can provide a pleasant start and a pleasant return home for the vast majority of our customers.
On the one hand, the cancellation must contribute to Schiphol’s request to keep the processes at the airport manageable because of the staff shortage there. On the other hand, these cancellations in KLM’s flight schedule also contribute to reducing the workload.
The flight schedule will be optimized per day this weekend. More cancellations are not foreseen for now, but can still follow.
We request our customers to arrive at Schiphol on time, whereby 3 hours in advance is preferred.
1 user thanked author for this post.29 Apr 2022
I have a KLM transfer in Amsterdam scheduled for early next month at the weekend (BAH-AMS-GLA). Out of mercurial interest, I take it that EC261 would apply to cancellations of this kind unless advised 2 weeks in advance?13 May 2022
I take it that EC261 would apply to cancellations of this kind unless advised 2 weeks in advance?
Tom – here are the EU261 rules as published by our CAA.13 May 2022