AMSTERDAM, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Amsterdam's Schiphol airport
will reduce daily passenger numbers by 18% until at least Oct.
31 due to labour shortages, it said on Friday.
Schiphol, one of Europe's busiest airports, continues to
grapple with long lines mainly due to a shortage of security
staff, leading to some travellers missing their flights.
"This decision is bad news for passengers and for airlines,"
Hanne Buis, chief operating officer of the Royal Schiphol Group,
said in a statement. "The reduction is necessary to guarantee
the safety of our passengers and employees."
Airline KLM, which is part of Air France-KLM, said
Schiphol's decision was "disappointing".
The airport said its decision would reduce average passenger
numbers through the airport to 54,500 a day for the rest of
September and to 57,000 in October.
On Thursday, the airport's chief executive, Dick Benschop,
handed in his notice after measures he took to overcome the
crisis proved insufficient.
Travel at Schiphol has been disrupted on and off since
April. Hundreds of flights have been cancelled, and queues have
(Reporting by Charlotte Van Campenhout and Bart Meijer;
Editing by Andrew Cawthorne and Susan Fenton)