Maximum number of travellers per day on Schiphol Airport in September and October as well
The number of travel insurance policies taken out in 2022 at ING shows that there is a clear increase in wanderlust. Compared to last year, the amount of travel insurance policies is 50% higher. The Dutch are also travelling outside of Europe again, as is apparent from the coverage and claims from far away countries.
After a forced break of 2 years due to Covid-19, the Dutch are ready for a foreign summer holiday filled with sun. This is apparent from GfK’s annual survey commissioned by travel industry organization ANVR.
Covid-19, the war in Ukraine, the staffing problems at Schiphol, inflation, and higher prices for the holidays: they have very limited influence on the holiday plans of the large majority this year. However, the increase of car holidays is continuing at the expense of flying holidays and travelers are booking more last minute.
After consultation with airlines, Schiphol Airport sets a maximum number of travellers per day for the months of September and October. In September there is a maximum of 67,500 local departing travellers per day.
On most days in September, the airport’s capacity is in line with the expected supply. In October, the number of departing travellers is higher: 69,500 per day. The autumn holidays also fall during this period. Schiphol has informed airlines and travel organizations that an average of 3,500 passengers departing locally are expected too much in and around the two weeks of the autumn break.
The aim of setting a maximum amount of travellers per day is to guarantee safety for travellers and employees and to create a reliable process at the airport. All efforts are aimed at minimizing the consequences for travellers.
More security guards
The number of security guards that can be deployed continues to increase. It was previously announced that approximately 200 new security guards will be recruited in August, and another 80 security guards are expected to join in October. The deployment of so-called ‘security coaches’ also helps to optimize the flow in the terminal.
However, the maximum number of travellers per day is slightly lower than in August. This is due to the so-called seasonal effect: travellers use more bins at security control after the summer, because they wear more clothing. As a result, it takes a little longer before all hand luggage and the traveller are checked.
Sticking to a maximum number of departing travellers also helps to accommodate operational changes, such as delayed arrivals or departures. Almost all parties at the airport have limited staffing levels and any unexpected change can result in delays in the entire airport process at Schiphol.
Advice to travellers
Travelers are still advised to arrive at Schiphol at the time specified by the airline, but no more than four hours before departure. Travelers who arrive earlier will wait unnecessarily long because check-in counters or baggage drop-off points are not yet open. In addition, the line becomes extra long at times when travellers start queuing much earlier. Schiphol has intensified its checks on the four-hour rule since 25 July.