An additional problem is that the Marechaussee is struggling with a higher than normal absenteeism due to illness, also because employees are in quarantine. The service emphasizes that no concessions are made in the field of safety, which can result in longer queues.
According to Schiphol, it is one of the busiest days of the year so far. But it may also seem busier because people have to get used to standing in line again. Due to the corona crisis, there has been much less flying in the past two years.
A spokesman for the Marechaussee also notices that people have to get used to it again. For example, travel documents are not in order more often than usual. There are also puzzles here and there in terms of travel restrictions that still apply.
The airport expects up to 200,000 travelers per day on the busiest days this year. That’s not quite the 230,000 to 240,000 number processed at the busiest times for corona. At peak times, the crowds will be greater than before corona, Schiphol expects.
The FNV union previously warned of chaos at Schiphol due to staff shortages, also because companies are unable to recruit sufficient new employees.