Due to staffing issues at its security screening checkpoints, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport is once again requesting airlines to cancel flights at short notice.
After contracted security agencies failed to provide enough security agents to properly staff various checkpoints, the airport issued a warning to travelers on Monday to prepare for delays and potential disruptions.
“Staffing levels at security today are lower than what Schiphol had requested of the security companies. As a result, there is a shortage of security personnel and the number of waiting travelers is increasing, especially in Departures 3,” the airport said in a statement.
Although Schiphol did not specify which airlines were involved or whether they were prepared to cooperate, it was revealed that the airport had ordered “many airlines” to cancel flights planned to take off between 4 pm and 11 pm.
On Monday afternoon, KLM services to Belfast, Paris Charles de Gaulle, and Düsseldorf were canceled. The cancellations had an impact on additional services to Luxembourg, Copenhagen, and Frankfurt.
A few flights were canceled on Monday by EasyJet, Transavia, and Turkish Airlines in addition to the Dutch flag carrier, which looks to have been the worst hit.
There may be “extremely long” lines outside the terminal buildings, as warned to travelers. However, due to the possibility of terminal congestion, travelers have been advised not to arrive earlier than four hours before departure.
Throughout the summer, Schiphol struggled to keep up with the spike in travel demand, and travelers occasionally had to wait for a very long time to pass through security checkpoints.
In other instances, lines outside the terminal building have extended more than a kilometer long. Thousands of passengers have missed their flights as a result of the disruption, and the airport is now facing a huge compensation bill after agreeing to refund passengers who missed their flights as a result of the disruption.
The limit was raised to 67,500 passengers per day in September, and it will rise to 69,500 passengers in October.