amsterdamLong queues return to Schiphol Airport
Short of staff for the security service, Amsterdam Airport is dealing with a large number of waiting passengers and on Monday asked airlines to cancel flights.
Long lines and travelers’ frustration over a shortage of security personnel return to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, one of the busiest in Europe and which on Monday asked airlines to cancel flights. “After weeks of improvement, Schiphol did not expect to have to take these measures,” the airport management said in a statement.
The group explained that there were fewer staff than security companies required. Due to the shortage of agents, “the number of waiting passengers is increasing”, especially in terminal 3. Schiphol was therefore forced to ask some airlines, whose passengers had to depart from the terminal in question, to cancel flights. on Mondays between 4pm. and 23:00
Like many other airports in Europe, Schiphol has experienced significant disruptions in recent months due to staff shortages as the airline industry recovers from the Covid-19 pandemic. In an effort to reduce traveler wait times, the airport has limited the number of passengers since July. He also promised staff bonuses for the hectic summer months.
Employees have gone elsewhere
The main Dutch union says the return of long lines is due to the abolition of summer pay, which has forced many security workers to leave their jobs after finding work elsewhere. The airport said its teams are “working hard” to ensure everyone can travel today, warning that it was “possible” for travelers to miss their flights due to long wait times.
Many of them took to social media and posted photos of the long lines. “Still a crazy queue at Schiphol today. This has to stop, “wrote a traveler on Twitter. The airport treats people” even worse than animals, “judged another on the same social network.
Travelers who have missed their flight due to long wait times at security can show up at Schiphol with a claim for compensation, the airport said. Airlines that comply with the flight cancellation request will be compensated, the airport management also promised.