Airlines want to move some flights from Schiphol to Rotterdam; Groningen also available
Rotterdam The Hague Airport has received an official request from several airlines to allow them to move their flights from Schiphol to the regional airport. The requests came from airlines that operate holiday flights, a spokesperson said, without saying which airlines were involved. According to the spokesperson, “a decision on the request should not take very long”.
The relocation of flights should relieve pressure on Schiphol airport, which suffers from a lack of staff, particularly in terms of security. This forces travelers to wait in long queues for a long time. Nevertheless, Rotterdam The Hague Airport said it could resume “at most a few flights a day” from Schiphol Airport in the near future.
“The possibilities we have are limited, both in terms of noise standards and in terms of personnel,” the spokesperson said. At the beginning of this month, the regional airport resumed eleven flights from Schiphol spread over two days.
Schiphol presented an action plan last week to counter large crowds at the airport during the summer period. This included hiring additional staff, such as security guards. Schiphol said it was working to ensure the number of flights and passengers did not exceed the capacity of available staff. To this end, planning must be better coordinated with airlines and flights must also be moved to regional airports.
Groningen can take 20 more flights per day
Groningen Eelde Airport can handle up to 20 flights a day from Schiphol in the coming period, airport manager Meitje de Groot said. The airport is discussing this with Schiphol and the airlines.
“We can easily increase our capacity before the summer season if we know it in time,” said De Groot. “We need to look together at how we can solve this problem,” she said. De Groot spoke not only as the director of the regional airport, but also as the president of the Dutch Airports Association (NVL). De Groot believes that the long-term role of Schiphol should also be taken into account. “Cargo flights or holiday flights can be perfectly managed by region.”
The staffing issues faced by Schiphol are less significant at Groningen Airport Eelde. De Groot said she still receives enough responses to vacancies posted by the airport.