Airline pilots are planning a publicity campaign at Schiphol airport on Monday to draw attention to their increasing workloads, according to various media reports at the weekend.
The Dutch pilots are taking part in a European campaign for stricter regulations to control the hours they work.
‘Brussels is doing nothing but the situation is very worrying. Many pilots spend far too long in the cockpit,’ Evert van Zwol, chairman of the Dutch pilots association VNV, is quoted as saying on the Telegraaf website.
The European pilots’ organisation claims flight crews regularly work up to 15 hours in one stretch. ‘And they often work very early or through the night and through several time zones, making their work extra tiring,’ says Van Zwol in the Telegraaf.
According to the NRC, pilots will hand out alternative boarding passes at Schiphol on Monday to draw attention to the problem. Some 4,000 pilots are members of the VNV which is affiliated to the European pilots association.
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