Amsterdam Airport Boldly Asks Airlines to Cancel Flights to Alleviate Chaos

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Another ripple effect of the labor shortage argues the travel industry. Airports are so overwhelmed with long queues and chaos that officials in Amsterdam have gone so far as to ask airlines to cancel some flights this weekend.

Tom Lowry

Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has asked airlines to cancel flights this weekend to avoid chaos due to overcrowding at Europe’s third-busiest airport, it announced on Thursday.

The airport said it took action due to a staff shortage. An unannounced strike by baggage handlers compounded major delays and cancellations at the airport on April 23.

Schiphol said in an email to Reuters that it had “asked airlines to reduce the number of local departing passengers this weekend by canceling bookings and not accepting new bookings from Schiphol between 2 and May 8.

“It’s an annoying but necessary measure to reduce the number of passengers,” he said.

The airport said it advises travelers to contact their airlines for information on specific flights.

Schiphol was unavailable for further comment on the number of flights that would be affected.

Dutch news agency ANP reported that KLM, the Dutch branch of airline Air France-KLM, planned to cancel several flights on Friday.

KLM could not immediately be reached for comment on Thursday evening.

(Reporting by Bart Meijer and Toby Sterling; Editing by Edmund Blair and Jane Merriman)

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