Staff shortage, long queues, and missed flights — we’ve all heard about the chaos at Schiphol.
The largest Dutch airport is struggling to make ends meet for its travellers and with the summer holidays just around the corner, they’re hoping to reduce travelling crowds.
What is more, the airport expects its staff shortage to continue until at least August, according to RTL Nieuws.
This situation will largely affect flights throughout the summer and bring disappointment to many travellers from the Netherlands.
To prevent overcrowding, Schiphol plans to implement stricter measures for airline slots. A slot is a time-stamp in which an aircraft is allowed to take off or land.
Between June 1 and August 28, the airport plans to reduce these slots from the usual 126,000 to 90,000.
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What does this mean in practice? Schiphol will have to dismiss countless passengers who want to fly out of the country for the summer.
Roel Elshout, who’s in charge of travel services and traveller’s rights, estimates that about one million travellers are going to be affected by this measure.
Attempts to fix the situation
Regardless of the current staff shortage, Schiphol expects to deal with large crowds this summer.
A job fair is being held on June 11 to recruit new security officers to ensure a safer and a more pleasant experience for passengers.
However, Elshout explains that it’s already too late for that — since the training process for security guards takes at least 12 weeks.
Even if Schiphol does something to help the situation now, it seems that many travellers will face disappointment during the summer holidays.
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