EasyJet to cut more summer flights from Schiphol, KLM limits sales

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Low-cost airline easyJet said it would cut more flights from Schiphol in July and August following the airport’s decision to limit passenger numbers during peak season.

The airline said it expected to be able to rebook the vast majority of passengers on an alternative flight within 24 hours. Details of which departures will be affected will be released later in the week.

Schiphol said last week it would limit the number of passengers departing from the airport to 67,500 a day from July 7 and 72,500 in August. On average, 13,500 passengers per day will have their flights cancelled, but the number will be higher on peak days in the second half of July.

EasyJet had already canceled a number of flights between Amsterdam and London’s Gatwick and Luton airports due to heavy congestion.

CEO Johan Lundgren said he wanted to give passengers time to change their plans before the measures come into force. “The vast majority of our customers will not be affected,” he said.

Dutch national airline KLM, which is Schiphol’s biggest customer, said it planned to restrict ticket sales for the summer months rather than cancel flights.

The airline said it did not expect to have to cut its schedule as it carries a large number of transfer passengers, who are less affected by the shortage of security personnel.

“We believe that limiting the sale of new tickets departing from Schiphol this summer will be sufficient to meet the required reduction in the number of passengers boarding at the airport,” a spokesperson said. “We do not expect to have to cancel existing reservations on a large scale.”

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