Waiting times vary at Schiphol during high travel days

Travelers at Schiphol said the lines moved relatively quickly Sunday morning, although a Twitter user reported that it took him and other travelers four hours to get to the airport. Sunday is a top travel day, but waiting times vary from hour to hour, a spokesman for the airport told the NL Times.

The airport’s average waiting time is about 45 to 60 minutes, but it is “very difficult to say” what the duration will be at any given time, a spokesman for Schiphol said. “It’s because we have moments during the day where the waiting times are longer than other times.”

Tweets from early Sunday morning show that many had a relatively easy time passing the airport. Around 5:45 a.m., a Twitter user shared a photo of a “huge” line that they said was still moving fast. An hour later, another person reported that there was no queue outside departure hall 3.

“Very pleased with my experience of getting through security @Schiphol this morning – fast, professional, cheerful and obviously hardworking staff!” tweeted user Marieke van Erp at 8. In the middle of the morning, the security area in departure hall 3 was reportedly crowded, but no lines had yet formed outside the building.

However, pictures around noon showed longer lines forming in one of the departure halls. The lines were shown extending outside the building, where the airport has set up temporary canopies to provide shade for waiting travelers.

Twitter user Pablo Rodriguez said he missed his plane after waiting in a queue that was over a kilometer long on Saturday. “What everyone saw today is an international embarrassment for the Netherlands, and this is just a small teaser,” Rodriguez told the NL Times in a tweet. “So, sure … no problem? How can they get away with it?”

He referred to the airport’s comment yesterday that there were no problems, despite long queues of people waiting in the heat. – We provide water where it is needed, and fortunately the ranks continue well, a spokesperson told ANP on Saturday, which was the hottest day of the year so far.

“Most of the travelers who travel through our airport catch their planes, but sometimes people miss the planes,” a spokesman for the airport told the NL Times. “I do not know how many people. It’s different every day … it happens often.”

The airport is understaffed and has struggled to cope with crowds in recent months. Schiphol announced on Thursday that it will handle fewer passengers this summer, which means that airlines will have to sell fewer tickets and cancel many of their flights. The travel industry association ANVR is furious that the airport is putting this problem on the airlines’ plates, while the Dutch consumer association Consumentenbond can claim compensation on behalf of travelers whose holiday can be ruined.