KLM will cancel twelve European flights on Wednesday due to work interruptions by ground staff and the airline's catering service (KCS). This is apparent from an inventory of NU.nl on the Schiphol website. This number is more than the six announced by KLM itself.
The delays, which were also predicted by KLM, so far seem to affect 27 flights throughout the day.
The passengers involved in the canceled flights were directly approached and rebooked, KLM reported on Tuesday.
The staff put down the work between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. in a collective agreement dispute with KLM. Last Monday was also canceled, at the same time: a total of 67 flights had to be canceled.
Checked baggage within Europe is not allowed
KLM reported earlier that it would not be possible to take hold baggage on European flights that arrived or departed from Schiphol between 7.30 am and 10 am. KLM also called on passengers to keep the amount of hand luggage to a minimum, to prevent it from being taken away due to lack of space.
KLM "regrets the course of events". The airline hopes the measures will meet its passengers' needs and minimize the impact of the strike by continuing to transport as many passengers as possible. A free rebook policy has been set up for passengers who do not want to travel without hold baggage.
In addition, as a result of the announced work interruption at KCS on flights departing from Schiphol between 7.30 am and 10 am "will be catered for as a minimum", says KLM. The company advises travelers to follow the information on the website and app.
KLM finds new strike 'unnecessary'
KLM already announced last week that it would find the strike announcement "incomprehensible and unnecessary". "Staking delays the traveler and costs money that we would rather invest in our company and in an attractive profit sharing for our employees."
The airline has invited the trade unions for a new collective bargaining meeting later this week. A number of trade unions have since responded positively to the invitation. Other unions are still considering the most recent proposal from last Friday.