Transavia has canceled 240 flights this summer because of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport’s daily cap on the number of passengers able to transit through the airport.
Transavia is canceling flights from Schiphol
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has been hit hard by staff shortages and had to place a cap on the number of passengers transiting through the airport daily. Because of this cap, Transavia has canceled 240 flights in July and August, affecting 13,000 customers.
Although numerous customers are affected, Transavia said that 70% of affected customers would be offered an alternative flight around the same time. The remaining customers will be allowed to claim a refund or rebook for a date after the restrictions end on August 28.
Transavia had already decided to sell a reduced number of tickets for the summer season to avoid problems such as the one being faced at the moment.
“There is a group that is the victims of this reduction in capacity. That hurts. This is a huge loss for our passengers and for our company. The forced reduction of the number of passengers is highly undesirable and must be a one-off and short-lived.” – Marcel de Nooijer, CEO, Transavia
Schiphol summer madness
Transavia is not the only airline that has to come up with a workaround for Schiphol Airport’s summer reduction. KLM believes that despite the cap, it will likely not have to cancel many flights. KLM is the airline with the most significant operation from the Schiphol airport, and about half of the reductions fall under its responsibility. The airline believes that rather than having to cancel many flights, it can sell fewer tickets so that customers with existing bookings are not affected.
KLM hopes it will not be greatly affected by Schiphol’s passenger cap this summer. Photo: Lukas Souza | Simple Flying
Other airlines are still working on how they will reduce summer capacity. Corendon Airlines has moved 150 flights in July and August to Rotterdam, The Hague Airport from Amsterdam Schiphol. Corendon says that “all holidays booked on Corendon flights will continue in some way.”
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport’s struggles have been ongoing for months, mainly caused by airport security and baggage handling staff shortages. Last week, the airport announced that there would be an average of 13,500 too many passengers in July if airlines filled every flight scheduled. The airport’s CEO said that the airport is not responsible for operating during the busy summer season without implementing measures to deal with the large crowds and staffing shortages.
A simple Twitter search for #schiphol results in numerous people experiencing delays, like the person below, who lost their flight.
Airlines are not happy at being forced to reduce summer schedules for a problem that is not even caused by their shortages. KLM said that it is not the responsibility of the people who use the airport structurally to pay for its infrastructure issues. In May, KLM had to suspend ticket sales for a few days due to the chaos at the airport, and earlier this month, the airline canceled all flights from Europe to Amsterdam, flying empty aircraft.
Air travel has rebounded stronger than experts predicted, and staffing shortages are a problem worldwide. Have you experienced any travel issues this summer? where were you? Let us know in the comments below.