Guess who’s back, back again: Schiphol plans to cancel thousands of flights until 2023

Whether you’re planning a Halloween getaway, a Christmas visit to friends, or even a Valentine’s Day trip, it looks like your flight out runs the risk of being cancelled last minute. 

Schiphol announces plans to cap the number of passengers departing the airport at 50,000 per week until at least March 2023. 

This comes from reports at NOS that, despite the efforts that have already been made in the airport to lessen the stress on employees, the situation has become ‘hopeless’. 

Looks like, despite the prompt exit of Schiphol CEO, Dick Benschop, the chaos at the major airport continues to reign. 

No hope for Schiphol

CEO of KLM airlines, Marjan Rintel, expresses despair at the situation to the NOS; “KLM has previously said that limiting the number of passengers cannot be a long-term measure, but it now seems that way.”

It seems like Schiphol’s only solution to these issues is to cancel hundreds of flights, while also limiting the number of flight tickets sold to prevent the possibility of cancellation for passengers. 

One can imagine that the employees in the airport are tired of dealing with disappointed travellers. 🥱

If only Schiphol could organise flights the same way they organised emergency exit plans… oh. Wait. 

A slap on the wrist

From the end of 2023, Schiphol will not be allowed to operate any more than 440,000 flights per year. 

This is the first time the number of flights departing the airport has been cut. Seems like a reasonable measure, but it leaves us wondering; just how long is this chaos going to last?

Staff shortages continue

What’s the biggest contributing factor to the chaos at Schiphol?

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Well, aside from the lack of management, structural problems, bad working conditions, and forgotten bags… what were we talking about, again?

Oh, yes. The staff shortages. 🥴

It comes as absolutely no surprise that Schiphol is struggling to find enough staff to deal with demand. 

The airport temporarily raised wages during the summer months, but as we approach autumn, this wage was taken away, and with it, disappeared many of the security guards

Schiphol, it seems, needs to find better ways to entice people in to work for them. 

Joost van Doesburg of the FNV union says; “The rosters need to be better and the pay needs to be increased significantly to attract people. And I doubt whether the problems will be solved by the end of March. So these measures may have to be continued for longer.”

Seems simple, really. Better pay plus better conditions plus better working hours equals a smooth running airport. 

What do you think of the cancellations at Schiphol? Tell us your thoughts in a comment!

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Heather Slevin
Heather Slevin
Heather is a Dublin native, addicted to catching the Luas, the Irish version of a tram, for one stop, and well used to the constant rain and shine. Seeking to swap one concrete city for another (with a few more canals and a friendlier attitude to cyclists) here she is with the Dutch Review! As a Creative Writing student, she can usually be found sweating over the complicated formatting of her latest poem or deep inside the pages of a book, and loves writing, writing, writing.


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