According to the airline, a large number of passengers had accumulated due to delays at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. “In order to ensure safe and viable operations at Schiphol for travelers and staff, KLM has taken the far-reaching decision not to carry any further passengers to Amsterdam,” she said.
The airline said that due to adverse weather conditions and runway maintenance work at Schiphol Airport, many planes were unable to land or take off there. This means that a large number of KLM flights on Saturday were either delayed or canceled. The number of passengers who were unable to depart from Amsterdam rose sharply due to these “external factors”.
The decision not to bring passengers from European airports to Amsterdam must remain in effect for the rest of the day. Passengers who wanted to change planes in Amsterdam were also affected.
According to the announcement, the move aims to ensure that as many stranded passengers as possible leave Schiphol on Saturday and that KLM can operate as many flights as possible on Sunday. KLM has apologized to the affected customers.
Due to major handling problems at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, KLM had already drastically reduced ticket sales at the end of May. In the previous weeks, the airport was already experiencing major problems due to the lack of personnel in baggage handling and security. At the end of May, Schiphol presented an action plan to prevent further chaos feared in the summer. Accordingly, the airport wants to hire more employees and pay higher wages.
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