In the coming months, the capacity at Schiphol will be reduced by 22%. Thousands of flights are canceled, which KLM says will suffer more than 100 million euros in damage. The Dutch branch of Air France-KLM predicts that the newly announced restrictions at Schiphol, a reduction of no less than 22%, will last the entire winter season and the period until March.
The airport operator had previously reduced the maximum number of locally departing passengers by an average of 9.250 passengers, or 18% per day, until at least October 31. KLM previously indicated that limiting the number of passengers cannot be a long-term measure, but it now seems that way, according to Marjan Rintel, Chief Executive Officer of the airline. The new winter restrictions at Schiphol do not offer any perspective.
The nastiness continues. According to Frank Oostdam of ANVR, there is very little comfort and we get certainty in return. When you get a seat, you can travel guaranteed. Travelers at Schiphol are still in the doldrums for months. TUI CEO and ANVR chairman Arjan Kers says that the government is Schiphol intentionally not resolved. “I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but I can't explain it any other way. The misery on Schiphol is related to the government's shrinking agenda," says Kers in conversation with The Telegraph.
BVNL backs up Kers' conclusion and has nothing good to say about the new capacity reduction for the winter months. “We stand for joker internationally and it hits our economy right to the heart. Ultimately, many jobs will be lost if there is a contraction in the future,” said Member of the Lower House Wybren van Haga. The travel sector also needs to become more sustainable. Fewer flying holidays, more alternatives. Nevertheless, the situation at Schiphol is not immediately compatible with sustainability. Airlines such as TUI are now moving en masse to local airports such as Eindhoven Airport. The train, popular among aviation complainers, is much too slow, too expensive, and too many changes.
The new-fangled chairman of the travel umbrella organization ANVR shifted lslowly but surely looking to The Hague, where the shareholder is. He is now connecting the dots and drawing a firm conclusion. From politics, a played game, he thinks. The airport is making a profit, but apparently the cut should not be made to tackle the chaos. The Schiphol top is stuck. Schiphol says in a response that this is not the case. According to the top, the contraction is separate from the current problems with its own operation, which the management is trying to get in order.