KLM Because of significant labor shortages at the airport, Royal Dutch Airlines has been obliged to artificially limit the number of seats available for sale on flights from its Amsterdam hub this weekend.
Flight schedules at Amsterdam Schipol airport have been severely disrupted in recent weeks, owing to security manpower shortages. Employees who were laid off during the pandemic have not been rehired in time to meet the increased demand for air travel.
A KLM representative confirmed to Bloomberg via email that additional ticket sales would be limited until Sunday. Only Economy Class sales are locked, and additional Business Class bookings will be allowed if cabin space permits.
The initiative will relieve pressure on airport security screening checkpoints while also making it easier for KLM to rebook passengers on alternate flights if they miss their initial flight due to security screening delays.
Passengers were instructed not to bother coming to the airport last month because security wait times had gotten so awful. Although the notice was only in effect for a few hours, it caused a number of aircraft to be delayed or canceled as a result of the disturbance.
The airport’s operator, the Royal Schipol Group, enraged airlines when it urged them to cut their schedules ahead of time because the airport couldn’t fulfill demand.
The airport operator announced on Thursday that it has established a four-point plan to alleviate the staffing shortage, which includes increasing pay and perks for security personnel.
Passengers were also partially to blame for the delays, according to the airport, because they didn’t follow security standards such as liquid restrictions, necessitating additional and time-consuming screening.
In order to cut delays at security screening checkpoints, Schipol wants airlines to limit the quantity of hand luggage passengers are allowed.