KLM Royal Dutch Airlines says it was forced to make an ‘impactful decision’ on Saturday, 4th June. The airline announced in the afternoon that it has temporarily suspended carrying passengers from European destinations to Amsterdam.
In a statement, the Dutch airline says: “Although a substantial package of measures was taken before the weekend, KLM has faced unforeseen and urgent circumstances that are beyond its control.” It lists weather effects and runway works in Schiphol as reasons.
No passengers heading from any European airport to Amsterdam Schiphol will be allowed to board KLM flights.
“To ensure safe and workable operations at Schiphol for passengers and crew, KLM took the far-reaching decision that no further passengers would be brought to Amsterdam.” According to the company, this is to ensure that stranded passengers are still able to leave Amsterdam and that the airline is able to operate as many outbound flights as possible.
This situation comes amid a high-demand whitsun weekend in Europe. The ‘extended’ weekend led many to book a short holiday. As aviation is still recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic, airports and airlines are struggling to cope with the sudden and massive spike in demand.
Jakob Wert is an aviation journalist from Germany. He built up the website IFN.news and is the Editor-In-Chief of International Flight Network.