Flying during the May holiday? Schiphol to limit travellers once again

If you have a flight booked for a vacation in May, Schiphol says to wait a minute. Why? The Easter holidays will see a slight change at the airport. 

Schiphol has announced restrictions once again, this time to limit the number of departing passengers during the April and May holiday period.

As a result, passenger numbers will be slashed by 5%, reports

So, what’s the plan?

According to Schiphol, this new measure will apply from the end of March to mid-May. Travellers are warned: the airport’s busiest hours will be in the morning from 6 AM to 1 PM. So perhaps avoid booking that early-bird flight! 

By setting a passenger limit, the airport hopes to reduce the risk of “unacceptable delays for travellers at check-in, security check, and passport control,” reports a spokesperson for Schiphol. 

Additionally, the number of seats that can be booked will be limited. Wait, what? 

Yep. This means that airlines will either restrict the number of seats they can sell, or they will have to move flights to other airports, choose to fly with fewer full aircraft or even cancel flights. (Cue flashbacks to last year’s chaos.) 

Not the first time — but hopefully, the last

Schiphol hasn’t had the best of luck in the past. At the beginning of February, the airport announced another possible limitation of the number of daily travellers due to staff shortage. 

Last year, the airport faced huge delays as passenger numbers doubled in 2022 due to people wanting to travel again after the coronavirus. This was also a result of staff shortages, mismanagement, and flight cancellations. 

READ MORE | Schipol airport failed miserably in 2022

This time around, however, the airport has seen an improvement compared to last year. Chairman Marnix Fruitema, BARIN (board of airline representatives in The Netherlands) stated that a maximum of five thousand fewer seats sold per day would be “reasonably manageable.”

Let’s hope that our Easter holidays will go through. 🐣

What do you think about Schiphol wanting to limit passengers? Tell us in the comments below! 

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Francesca Burbano
Francesca Burbano
Francesca is an international at heart but moved to the Netherlands to get her degree in media and communication. While she's not a big fan of the cold weather and biking (for good reason — she's been hit by bikes three times already), she fell in love with the canals, bitterballen, and the 'gezelligheid' of Dutch culture. When she's not writing, you'll find her reading thriller books, hitting her personal records at the gym, and cuddling up with her Ragdoll cat.


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