Over the yr’s Amsterdam Schiphol airport has gained many awards – certainly as just lately as 2021 it was voted Finest Airport in Europe by the readers of Enterprise Traveller.
However since Might 2022 Schiphol has skilled a myriad of issues about which now we have reported.
Most just lately we reported that the airport continued to face workers shortages which may imply the present cap (scheduled to run out finish March 2023) could possibly be prolonged for months.
Amsterdam Schiphol’s passenger cap may proceed for months
Then yesterday came news from Reuters that, look forward to it, Schiphol is being requested to cap passenger numbers by till September 2024.
The earlier cap was set at 500,000 flights a yr. As we beforehand reported, the Netherlands’ Authorities wished this diminished to 440,000 however the airport now confirms that the restrict shall be set at 460,000 flights.
What does it imply for the passenger? It’s too early to say if the height queues will return in 2023. However it does imply new routes shall be restricted and that underperforming routes are more likely to be cancelled before deliberate.
One instance being JetBlue which been unable to safe slots.
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This newest discount is extra to do with environmental considerations relatively than workers shortages.
For its half residence airline KLM is doing its best to encourage travellers to arrive by surface transport relatively than considered one of its brief feeder flights.
Schiphol itself welcomes this transfer and along with NS (Dutch Rail) and KLM it has been engaged on rail-air initiatives.
We reported on the primary of those developments, a hyperlink between KLM and rail operator Thalys, final week.
KLM to formally launch rail-air service between Brussels and Amsterdam
Different rail hyperlinks mooted embrace ones to Dusseldorf, Berlin and London. However in all honesty these have been discovered to be impractical for one purpose or one other at the moment.
The scenario might properly change in future as rail-air develops additional.
Look out for our rail-air report within the April situation of Enterprise Traveller.