Air Traffic in London and Amsterdam Sees More Limitations Amid Travel Chaos
Air travel chaos in Europe could continue through the summer and possibly through next year. More measures limiting flights and passengers have been announced at two major airports.
Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has extended its summer passenger cap and British Airways has suspended ticket sales from London’s Heathrow Airport.
Schiphol Airport announced Tuesday it will be continue capping passenger through September and October. The maximum number of passengers departing in September will be limited to 67,500, the airport said in a statement. That number will be increased to 69,500 per day in October.
The numbers are lower than the 72,500 limit set for August, reflecting slower transit times through security as people hand over coats worn in the cooler weather for inspection, according to the airport. The passenger cap was originally introduced at the airport in June.
KLM said it doesn’t expect flight cancellations to be necessary, though “fewer seats than usual will be available in the Dutch market.”
British Airways has now announced that it is suspending the sale of tickets on short-haul flights from Heathrow in response to the passenger cap. “We’ve decided to take responsible action and limit the available fares on some Heathrow services to help maximise rebooking options for existing customers, given the restrictions imposed on us and the ongoing challenges facing the entire aviation industry,” the airline said in a statement.
The flights affected will be short-haul only and sales are expected to resume on August 8.
London’s Heathrow Airport and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport have recently experienced delays to about 40% of its flights, according to data from flight tracking site FlightAware.