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Air France-KLM Boss Warns Travelers: Go to the Airport Early

CEO of Air France-KLM Benjamin Smith speaks during a press conference at Roissy airport, north of Paris, Tuesday, May 18, 2021. The chief of airline alliance Air France-KLM said Thursday June 23, 2022 that it will take weeks or months to get new security staff in place to lighten pressure on the Amsterdam airport, which has seen flight cancellations, huge delays and big travel headaches as global air travel rebounds. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
CEO of Air France-KLM Benjamin Smith speaks during a press conference at Roissy airport, north of Paris, Tuesday, May 18, 2021. The chief of airline alliance Air France-KLM said Thursday June 23, 2022 that it will take weeks or months to get new security staff in place to lighten pressure on the Amsterdam airport, which has seen flight cancellations, huge delays and big travel headaches as global air travel rebounds. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
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Paris (AP) -- The chief of airline alliance Air France-KLM said Thursday that it will take weeks or months to get new security staff in place to lighten pressure on the Amsterdam airport, which has seen flight cancellations, damaging delays and big travel headaches as global air travel rebounds from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Air France-KLM CEO Ben Smith told reporters that the company is seeking compensation for some of its losses, blaming the troubles at Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport on shortages of security and other ground personnel outside KLM’s control.