Amsterdam Airport Tells Travelers to Stay Home Because of Strike

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The KLM ground staff strike is apparently over, but the delays will multiply.

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport urged travelers on Saturday to stay away as a strike by ground staff at the start of the school holidays wreaked havoc at Europe’s third-busiest airport.

“The terminal is overcrowded at the moment… Schiphol calls on travelers not to come to the airport anymore,” airport authorities said in a statement released shortly before noon (10:00 GMT).

“We are very sorry to have to do this, but it is necessary to ensure safety,” an airport spokesman told Reuters.

Police closed freeway exits to the airport on Saturday afternoon as queues at gates stretched out of airport buildings.

Travelers have been advised to stay away until at least 13:00 GMT as airport staff scramble to lure thousands of frustrated passengers aboard their often-delayed flights as much as possible.

Baggage handlers for KLM, the Dutch branch of the airline Air France-KLM, called an unannounced strike early on Saturday to demand higher wages and better working conditions.

KLM ground staff handle around half of all baggage passing through Schiphol, the third busiest airport in Europe after Paris Charles de Gaulle and London Heathrow.

The FNV union said the strike ended around noon.

(Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Writing by Bart Meijer; Editing by David Holmes)

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