One of Europe’s largest airports, Schiphol in Amsterdam, revealed plans on Thursday to continue limiting the number of passengers leaving the facility till the beginning of 2023.
According to a news statement from Schiphol, the airport claimed that it chose after consulting with the airlines, “who are not happy about it.”
Although Schiphol said it will revisit the situation before the end of the year to determine “if more would be doable from the end of January,” caps are anticipated to last through the end of March.
To give travelers a dependable travel experience and predictability and stability for airlines, Schiphol has made this decision. The airport is working diligently at the same time to increase capacity at security.
The airport noted the difficulties of a competitive labor market and said it is collaborating with security firms and unions to address the situation.
It won’t be known until later this year whether more is feasible beyond January since “it’s something to be pragmatic about,” according to Hanne Buis, COO of Royal Schiphol Group.
It was stated in the news release that slot coordinators will work with airlines to satisfy the airport’s capacity needs but no specific number for the capacity restrictions was given.
A busy airport in the entire globe
For international passenger traffic, Schiphol Airport is among the busiest airports in the world. Compared to airports in Dubai and Istanbul, it was the third busiest airport in the world for foreign travelers in 2021, according to data from Airports Council International.
The airport originally imposed a passenger restriction in June, with Schiphol blaming a higher-than-anticipated demand for travel and a tight labor market that left too few personnel to handle it.
In August, the airport stated that passenger limitations will be extended until September and October.
According to a statement from the airport, there were a maximum of 67,500 people allowed to leave the terminal in September. In October, that figure rose to 69,500 each day.