Strike causes chaos at Amsterdam airport as vacation begins By Reuters

© Reuters. Travellers wait in strains at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport as an unannounced strike of floor workers induced many delays and cancellations, in Amsterdam, Netherlands April 23, 2022. REUTERS/Anthony Deutsch

By Anthony Deutsch

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) -Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport urged travellers to remain away for a number of hours on Saturday as a strike by floor personnel initially of a college vacation induced chaos at Europe’s third-busiest airport.

“The terminal is simply too full in the intervening time … Schiphol is asking on travellers to not come to the airport anymore,” airport authorities stated in a press release issued shortly earlier than midday (1000 GMT).

Nearly three hours later the airport stated passengers had been welcome once more however would nonetheless face lengthy ready occasions and doable delays or cancellations.

Police closed down freeway exits to the airport briefly on Saturday afternoon as strains at departure gates stretched out of the airport buildings.

A Schiphol spokesperson stated the momentary closure was vital to ensure security and to get as many as doable of the 1000’s of pissed off passengers aboard their often-delayed flights.

Baggage handlers for KLM, the Dutch arm of airline Air France-KLM, had early on Saturday gone on a beforehand unannounced strike to press calls for for increased pay and higher working situations.

KLM floor workers deal with about half of all baggage coming by Schiphol, Europe’s third busiest airport after Paris Charles de Gaulle and London Heathrow.

Labour union FNV stated the walkout had ended round midday.

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