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Amsterdam: Schiphol Airport ‘poised to cut number of flights over summer travel season ’

Amsterdam: Schiphol Airport ‘poised to cut number of flights over summer travel season ’

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msterdam’s Schipol Airport is set to cut the number of flights that it will be able to handle during the summer travel season.

The cut is due to labour shortages, the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported on Thursday.

A spokesperson for the airport did not verify the claims made in the Telegraaf report.

Airports across Europe are experiencing heavy backlogs as the number of people flying has increased since the end of Covid-19 lockdowns.

Some airlines, such as Lufthansa and easyJet, have already announced plans to reduce flights this summer.

A spokesperson for KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France-KLM, said KLM would not comment until Schiphol discloses its plan.

Schiphol, one of Europe’s busiest airports, has seen regular travel disruption since April as it grapples with a shortage of security workers and baggage handlers.

Hundreds of flights have been cancelled and long lines have become a regular occurence, similar to what was seen over the half term break in the UK.

In May, Schipol said it was trying to push some traffic to regional airports.

Officials also said they were considering a forced flight schedule reduction as a “last resort”.

Lufthansa said it will cancel 900 domestic and European flights at its hubs in Frankfurt and Munich in July, over weekends, by five per cent of capacity.

Its budget carrier Eurowings is also axeing hundreds of flights for the same period.

EasyJet in Germany will drop around 12 flights per day to and from Berlin airport from June to the end of August.

Air France-KLM’s budget subsidiary Transavia has also announced plans to reduce its summer schedule by around 500 flights, over labour shortages.

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