More curbs to air traffic in London and Amsterdam

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(CNN) — In the latest moves to curb air travel chaos, Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has extended its summer passenger cap and British Airways has suspended short-haul ticket sales from London’s Heathrow Airport.

Schiphol Airport announced on Tuesday that it would continue its passenger cap through September and October.

The maximum number of passengers departing in September will be limited to 67,500, the airport said in a statement. That number will be increased to 69,500 per day in October.

Schiphol acknowledged that the period includes the two-week fall holiday and “so the average number of domestic departing passengers is expected to be around 3,500.”

“Based on the capacity made available by Schiphol, the Independent Slot Coordinator (ACNL) will consult with all airlines to ensure that the number of passengers is appropriate in relation to security capacity,” the airport said.

The passenger cap was originally introduced at the airport in June, which Schiphol blamed on higher-than-expected travel demand and a tight labor market, leaving too few employees to cope.

Passenger caps are also in play at London’s Heathrow Airport.

British Airways announced on Tuesday that it was suspending ticket sales on short-haul flights from Heathrow in response to the airport’s passenger cap.

In a statement BA said that in light of the restrictions imposed on us and the ongoing challenges facing the aviation industry as a whole, it will “take responsible steps and limit fares available on some Heathrow services” to help maximize rebooking options for existing customers.

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The affected flights will be short-haul only and sales are expected to resume on August 8.

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A passenger cap introduced last month at Heathrow was aimed at more than 4,000 daily seats which was causing service to fall to “unacceptable levels”, CEO John Holland-Kay said in announcing the move.

Heathrow Airport has recently experienced around 40% of its flight delays Data from flight tracking site FlightAware. Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport has experienced similar levels of delays this summer.

Top image: Travelers line up in the departure hall of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport on May 26, 2022. (Jeroen Jumlet/ANP/AFP/Getty Images)

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