Airline KLM has had to cancel 200 flights in the past week as a result of the flight ban to the United Kingdom, South Africa and South America.

Most of the flights went to the United Kingdom, a spokesman reports after a report in

De Telegraaf


The flights to South Africa and South America fly according to schedule as much as possible, but without passengers and only with cargo on the way back.

The airline is now looking into what it is doing with next week's flights, the spokesman said.

In addition, KLM passengers experience "many and major problems" with the double test obligation set by the cabinet.

For example, all passengers must undergo a rapid test no more than four hours before departure to the Netherlands.

This is in addition to the previously mandatory PCR rapid test.

According to KLM, the problems arise because "by no means all airports in the world" have test facilities, CEO Pieter Elbers writes in a letter to staff this week.

Since last weekend, a flight ban has been in force from the United Kingdom, South Africa and South America to the Netherlands in connection with more contagious variants of the corona virus.

Cargo flights are exempt from the ban.

According to KLM, the new aviation measures have a major effect on KLM customers.

According to Elbers, they are now choosing alternative routes.

In terms of numbers, KLM is back to the level of May 2020, according to Elbers.

Elbers also says that last week he spoke "intensively and very professionally" with the cabin unions about the upcoming additional 1,000 layoffs.

KLM has to lay off extra staff due to travel restrictions, so it expects to fly less.