Due to workforce shortages, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) has announced plans to set a maximum number of travellers per day to prevent congestion at the airport.

Schiphol plans to accept up to 67,500 passengers a day on the busiest days in July, with the number expected to increase to up to 72,500 in August.

The number is said to be nearly 13,500 fewer seats each day than airlines had planned, marking a capacity reduction of 16%.

The decision has been taken due to the low availability of security staff to carry out checks on passengers.

Following the relaxation of Covid-19-related restrictions, the airport anticipates a passenger volume of 60 million this year, up from 25.5 million last year.

Schiphol CEO Dick Benschop said: “We are taking this measure with an unbelievably heavy heart. Everyone at Schiphol and all our partners want nothing more than to welcome all travellers with open arms, especially after the impact coronavirus has had.

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“A lot is possible at Schiphol this summer, but not everything. Setting a limit now means that the large majority of travellers will be able to travel from Schiphol in a safe and responsible way.”

For the execution of this new measure, Schiphol has been consulting with airlines and the independent slot coordinator (ACNL), with the limit currently set for between 7 and 31 July.

The company will make a decision regarding the period after 31 July, based on the expected airport capacity, at a later date.

In February, AMS deepened its sustainability initiatives by procuring two special towing vehicles called TaxiBots.