“The Dutch decision to toughen measures for American travelers is a big step for us,” said a spokesperson for the company. “As a result, the new scheduled flights from Amsterdam to Orlando, Miami and Las Vegas have been forced to withdraw from the winter schedule.”
This includes a total of nine flights per week, for which tickets have already been sold. Affected passengers will be re-booked if they still wish to travel.
Intervention is inevitable as KLM expects the plane to be empty after the Dutch tightening. The fact that the Dutch government has designated the United States as the most dangerous location also means that vaccinated travelers from the United States who have a negative test report or proof of recovery should be isolated in the Netherlands. for ten additional days. ”
Other EU member states, such as Italy, France and Belgium, have less stringent rules for travelers from the United States. This means that Americans will choose flights to these countries and always travel to the Netherlands from there.
This puts KLM at a serious disadvantage and endangers the company’s takeover. “All current travel restrictions make normal operations impossible. This will significantly reduce the takeover of KLM in 2021 and 2022, ”the spokesperson said.
That October 1 is also now supported – of which KLM was the biggest beneficiary – Stops, makes it more intense. “We understand that salary support cannot continue indefinitely, but at the same time, travel restrictions are still in place. It now aims to support businesses that have suffered significant loss of income due to the crisis, so support is still very important for tourism and tourism.
Other airlines do not understand that the Netherlands is resuming measures. According to Marnix Freudma, president of the Bar, the obligation to isolate vaccinated Americans is an “illusion”. Earlier this year, the system already applied high Dutch requirements. This means that passengers have to be checked twice.
“So the policy is not aware of the relation, the ineffectiveness and the total inconsistency between actions. I wonder why the Netherlands want to regain an exceptional position in Europe? Or are our government, UNWTO and RIVM too smart? The country is ruled by ignorant politicians who have no foothold in society.