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Air traffic at Amsterdam still disrupted after fuel outage

Air traffic at Amsterdam still disrupted after fuel outage
Passengers and staff wait at Amsterdam Schiphol airport during an outage at the airport's main fuel supplier that kept dozens of flights on the ground, in Amsterdam, Netherlands July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Anthony Deutsch -
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ANTHONY DEUTSCH(Reuters)
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AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Air traffic at Amsterdam Schiphol airport was still disrupted on Thursday after an outage at its main fuel supplier left thousands of passengers stranded at the airport the day before.

Dutch Air France subsidiary KLM, the main airline at Schiphol, said it had cancelled 61 flights to and from Amsterdam on Thursday, after around 200 flights were scrapped the previous day.

Many flights from Europe’s third largest airport were delayed on Thursday morning, as airlines tried to get their schedules back on track.

“Many passengers have to find new flights, which is kind of a puzzle,” a Schiphol spokesman said.

“People are slowly getting on their way, but it is still very crowded at the airport.”

The problems at Schiphol were caused by a fault in the systems that supply fuel to aircraft, which meant planes could not be provided with the fuel they needed to depart.

The airport said all problems with the fuel system were resolved on Wednesday evening, and flights would resume gradually.

This week is one of the busiest in the summer holiday period at Schiphol, with around 225,000 passengers scheduled to travel through the airport on Thursday.

(Reporting by Bart Meijer; Editing by Alison Williams)

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