Amsterdam Schiphol Airport fears new capacity bottlenecks
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport capacity
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is one of the largest and busiest airports in Europe. In 2019, it handled around 71 million passengers. However, the Corona pandemic has taken a significant toll on air travel worldwide, and Schiphol Airport has not been spared. As a result, Schiphol has reduced its capacity and many airlines have significantly reduced their flight frequencies or stopped flying altogether.
Now, however, there are fears that Schiphol Airport could again face capacity constraints when the travel restrictions are lifted, and air traffic picks up again. The city of Amsterdam and the airport authority have already taken measures to counter this looming situation. One of these is the introduction of a ban for night flights to provide incentives for airlines to shift their flights to daytime.
Lack of runways at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Another problem that Schiphol Airport could face in the near future is the lack of runways. Schiphol Airport currently has six runways. However, one of these runways, the Polderbaan, is currently being renovated and will be out of service until the summer of 2023. This has already caused problems in handling flights, and they could increase in the future as air traffic recovers.
Another problem is the lack of sufficient space on the airport site. As a result of the Corona pandemic, many airlines have parked their aircrafts on the ground, resulting in a shortage of parking space availability. To counteract this problem, Schiphol Airport plans to create additional parking spaces on the airport grounds in the near future.
The city of Amsterdam and the Schiphol Airport Authority are working closely together to overcome these challenges and ensure that Schiphol Airport remains an important transportation hub in the future. However, it remains to be seen how the travel restrictions will develop in the coming months and what impact this will have on air traffic and Schiphol Airport. Have you had a flight cancellation there? Just enter your flight details at www.myflyright.com and we'll do the work for you, without any cost risk.
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