KLM will cancel a limited number of flights this summer. Affected travelers will be offered an “acceptable alternative”. Because Schiphol has limited the number of travelers per day, all airlines must intervene. Price fighter easyJet will also cancel flights next month, but largely spare the holidaymakers.
KLM says that customers whose flight has to be canceled can still fly on the same day or around that date. “Travellers affected by this will be personally informed as soon as possible.”
The airline will also sell fewer tickets for the summer period. The company is also trying to meet the airport’s requirements with this. KLM cannot yet say exactly how many and which flights will be cancelled.
During the May holidays, Schiphol was faced with major shortages among security personnel and elsewhere at the airport. Those problems will continue into the summer. To prevent unsafe situations, the number of travelers is severely limited.
KLM once again states that limiting the number of passengers is not a structural solution to the problems.
About nine thousand Transavia travelers get money back
Earlier, Corendon announced that it would move a large part of the flights to Rotterdam Airport. Holiday trips where you fly with your own aircraft can therefore continue. The same goes for TUI.
Sunweb, which mainly uses Transavia aircraft, also relocates flights. The travelers then depart from another airport or on another day.
Transavia announced on Wednesday that it would cancel a few hundred flights until mid-August. A large part of the affected customers can rebook the trip. No alternative has been found for about nine thousand people, they will get their money back.
EasyJet continues flights to Southern Europe
Later on Thursday, easyJet announced that it would also cancel a number of flights. According to the British budget fighter, flights to popular holiday destinations such as Croatia, Greece, Spain and Portugal will not be affected.
The airline will mainly cancel flights to destinations to which the company flies several times a day. Flights to London, a popular destination for business travelers, are being canceled by easyJet.
It is not yet clear how many flights and affected travelers are involved. But a spokesperson emphasizes that the majority of affected customers (about 70 percent) can still fly within 24 hours of the original departure time. The rest can request a refund or rebook for free to a later date.