March 18, 2020 / 4:52 PM / 23 days ago

Amsterdam passenger numbers down more than 60% and falling-airport

AMSTERDAM, March 18 (Reuters) - Passenger traffic has slumped more than 60% at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport, Europe’s fourth-largest flight hub, as the coronavirus epidemic shuts down much of the global airline industry.

KLM, the Dutch arm of Air France KLM, has scrapped most of its flights out of its hub in the Netherlands and announced job cuts in response to declining business .

“The number of travellers at Schiphol has now fallen by more than 60% and the number of flights is also falling sharply,” the airport said in a statement on Wednesday.

“Based on global developments, negative travel advice for all Dutch people, EU measures and other worldwide travel restrictions, the number of flights and passengers will further decrease very quickly,” it said. (Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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