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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport will cap passengers until early 2023

(CNN) — Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, one of the busiest in Europe, announced plans on Thursday to continue limiting the number of travelers leaving the airport until early 2023.

The airport said it made the decision in consultation with the airlines, “who are not happy with it,” Schiphol said in a press release.

The caps are expected to extend until the end of March, although Schiphol said it would review the situation towards the end of the year to see “if more might be possible from the end of January”.

“Schiphol made this choice to provide travelers with a reliable travel experience, as well as predictability and stability for airlines,” the statement said. “At the same time, the airport is working hard to improve security capacity.”

The airport said it was working with security companies and unions to improve the situation, noting the challenges of a tight labor market.

“You have to be realistic,” Hanne Buis, COO of Royal Schiphol Group, said in a statement. “That’s why it won’t become clear until later this year if more is possible after January.”

The press release did not provide a figure for the capacity limitations. He said slot coordinators would work with airlines to meet airport capacity requirements.

One of the busiest airports in the world

Schiphol Airport is one of the busiest airports in the world for international passenger traffic. It was the world’s third-largest airport in 2021 for international passengers, behind Dubai and Istanbul airports, according to figures from Airports Council International.

A passenger cap was first introduced at the airport in June, with Schiphol blaming higher-than-expected travel demand and a tight labor market leaving too few staff to cope.

The airport announced in August that it would extend passenger limits through September and October

In September, the number of departing passengers at the airport was limited to 67,500, the airport said in a statement. This number was increased to 69,500 per day in October.

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