Schiphol again warns of long waits as criticism of cancellations mounts

Long queues at the airport on Saturday. Photo: ANP Evert Elzinga

Schiphol Airport is warning travelers that it will again be extremely busy on Sunday and that they may have to wait outside the terminal after failing to reduce passenger numbers.

The airport had tried to reduce the number of travelers passing through the airport by 5,800 on Sunday by asking airlines to cut flights. While KLM canceled some services, other airlines and tour operators refused, although Corenden moved a flight to Rotterdam Airport instead.

Schiphol blamed the staff shortage on the problems, which affected travel all week.

Iata, the international organization of airlines, denounced the situation at Schiphol, given that airlines pay fees to be able to use the services of the airport.

“We do not support Schiphol’s request to cancel bookings made by local departing passengers,” Iata said in a letter to the airport authority. “Passengers book flights weeks or months in advance. Some will have to cancel their vacation plans. It’s not just a ticket, it’s an entire trip.

There is also growing criticism of the lack of public comment from Schiphol administrators and this was particularly the case during last week’s wildcat strike by baggage operators, Telegraaf said.

Schiphol plans to process 70,000 passengers between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., news site Nu.nl reported.

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