Skip to content

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is extending its passenger cap through October

Aug. 03, 2022
3 min read
airplane landing
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is extending its passenger cap through October
This post contains references to products from one or more of our advertisers. We may receive compensation when you click on links to those products. Terms apply to the offers listed on this page. For an explanation of our Advertising Policy, visit this page.

In line with other European powerhouses such as London's Heathrow Airport (LHR), Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS) has just announced it will extend its passenger cap. Originally slated to end this month, the cap will now run into October.

Previously, the limit on air passengers leaving its terminals had been set at 67,500 per day for July before it was increased to 73,000 for August to accommodate the peak of the school holidays.

For more TPG news delivered each morning to your inbox, sign up for our daily newsletter.

Sign up for our daily newsletter

However, the daily passenger limit is set to drop again in September to just 67,500, before rising slightly to 69,500 in October.

Why would the passenger cap be so much lower post-summer than during the peak of it? Well, the airport staff estimates there will be 3,500 too many flyers “in and around the two weeks of the autumn holidays.” They also expect further holdups over autumn due to the “seasonal effect."

“Travelers use more bins at security control after the summer because they wear more clothes, such as coats, hiking boots and vests," an airport spokesperson explained. "As a result, it takes a little longer to check all the hand baggage and the passengers.”

Passengers wait in line at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. (Photo by EVERT ELZINGA/Getty Images)

As Schiphol gears up for a hectic four months, it’s expanding up its security arm with 200 new personnel this month; the airport will add another 80 employees to its security detail in October.

“Sticking to a maximum number of departing passengers also helps cope with operational changes, such as a delayed flight arrival or departure,” a spokesperson for the airport added. “Virtually all parties at the airport are understaffed, and any unexpected changes can result in delays to the entire airport process at Schiphol.”

Due to staff strikes — as well as the recent European heat wave — delays and cancellations at Schiphol have been ever-present. Plus, traffic has increased since many countries around the globe eased COVID-19 restrictions earlier this year.

Related: Heathrow’s controversial flight cap could be extended until next year

Further chaos erupted a few weeks ago when a baggage system failure at the airport meant some KLM passengers were unable to check bags, causing pandemonium for thousands of journeys.

When the initial cap took effect last month, airlines operating in Amsterdam simply weren’t ready; the airport gave some of them an ultimatum to switch to smaller aircraft or leave seats empty.

Back in June, the Dutch government announced grand plans to reduce flights at the country’s busiest airport from 500,000 to 440,00 annually starting in 2023 in order to combat air pollution. (We looked into how practical this could be.)

At its peak, without caps, Schiphol delivers an average of 1,250 flights per day. Overall, the reduction would shrink flights at the European hub by around 11% — a considerable dent in the figures of Europe’s third-largest airport.

Presently, officials in Amsterdam have told passengers that they should arrive at the airport no more than four hours before their flight. Just remember to keep those sweaters down to a minimum, all right?

Featured image by Featured photo by Nisangha via Getty Images.
Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

TPG featured card

Best starter travel card
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards

1 - 3X points
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases

Intro offer

Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points60,000 points
For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

Annual Fee

$95

Recommended Credit

670-850
Excellent, Good
Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases
Best starter travel card
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
3XEarn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
1XEarn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Intro Offer
    For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening

    Earn 80,000 ThankYou® points
    60,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $95
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent, Good

Why We Chose It

The Citi Premier’s 3 points per dollar spent across a wide range of popular categories is one of the more lucrative offerings in the world of points and miles. The Citi Premier comes with a $95 annual fee and is currently offering a solid sign up bonus of 80,000 points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months. It also has some valuable transfer partners to make the most of your rewards. Add in access to Citi Entertainment plus a $100 hotel credit for any single-stay hotel booking that exceeds $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through the Citi travel website, there are few reasons why the Citi Premier should not be in every traveler’s wallet.

Pros

  • Earns 3x points on restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations, air travel and hotels.
  • $100 annual hotel savings benefit (on single hotel stay bookings of $500 or more, excluding taxes and fees, booked through thankyou.com)
  • Points transfer to 16 airline programs, from JetBlue to Virgin Atlantic.
  • World Elite Mastercard benefits, extended warranty, damage and theft protection.

Cons

  • $95 annual fee
  • Lacks travel protections that other travel rewards cards come with
  • For a limited time, earn 80,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after you spend $4,000 in purchases within the first 3 months of account opening
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Restaurants and Supermarkets
  • Earn 3 Points per $1 spent at Gas Stations, Air Travel and Hotels
  • Earn 1 Point per $1 spent on all other purchases
  • Annual Hotel Savings Benefit
  • 80,000 Points are redeemable for $800 in gift cards when redeemed at thankyou.com
  • No expiration and no limit to the amount of points you can earn with this card
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees on purchases