(CNN) – Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport — one of Europe’s busiest — announced Thursday plans to continue limiting the number of passengers leaving the airport until early 2023.
The airport said it made the decision in consultation with the airlines, “they are not happy with it,” Schiphol said in a news release.
The restrictions are expected to be extended until the end of March, although Schiphol said it would re-examine the situation by the end of the year “to see if more is possible after the end of January”.
“Schiphol has made this choice to offer passengers a reliable travel experience, and predictability and stability for airlines,” the statement said. “At the same time, the airport is working to improve its capacity in security.”
The airport has said it is working with security companies and unions to improve the situation, highlighting the challenges of a tight labor market.
“It’s something to be realistic about,” Royal Schiphol Group CEO Hanne Buis said in a statement. “That’s why it will only be clear this year from January whether more is possible.”
The news release did not provide a number for the capacity limits. He said the slot coordinators would work with the airlines to meet the airport’s capacity requirements.
One of the busiest airports in the world
Schiphol Airport is one of the world’s busiest airports for international passenger traffic. In 2021 it was the 3rd largest airport in the world for international passengers, behind Dubai and Istanbul airports, according to data from the Airports Council International.
A passenger cap was first introduced at the airport in June, which Schiphol blamed on higher-than-expected travel demand and a tight labor market leaving it understaffed to cope.
The airport announced in August that it would extend passenger restrictions through September and October
In September, the number of passengers leaving the airport was limited to 67,500, the airport announced in a statement. This number rose to 69,500 per day in October.