It is busy early on Sunday at Schiphol. The airport, which has been dealing with peak crowds for both departing and incoming travelers for weeks, previously warned of very busy Pentecost days.
On Sunday around 3 a.m., the flow of travelers increases rapidly, especially towards departure halls 1 & 2. “This is only the beginning of the crowds, it will get much worse soon,” says an anonymous Schiphol employee. At the check-in counters, the mood among passengers is quite boisterous. Many people check the labels on the suitcases and bags to get through quickly. There are no real congestion, a large number of Schiphol employees direct the passengers.
Schiphol has been struggling for weeks with a structural staff shortage in, among other things, security and handlers. Passengers often had to queue for hours, which is also expected on both Whitsun and Whitsun.
The airport is now working on solutions to the problems. Last Wednesday, Schiphol, together with the trade unions, already presented a package of measures to combat staff shortages. Since Friday, the rule applies that travelers can only enter the departure hall if their flight leaves within four hours. This is indicated by signs everywhere.
Busy early at Schiphol on the first day of Pentecost
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