Airport chaos in Amsterdam could take several months to resolve

Schiphol Airport, Europe’s aviation hub, has recently been hit by extreme queues and flight chaos due to an acute shortage of staff.

Several flights from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport have been canceled due to flight chaos in recent weeks. Over the summer, many more are likely to be cancelled, affecting the holiday plans of several thousand Europeans. Photo: Peter Dejong / AP / NTB
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In recent weeks, countless flights from the Netherlands’ biggest airport have been cancelled, and images of horror queues at security checkpoints have spread around the world.

At the same time, pressure is mounting on the Dutch government to fix the problem, but Star Alliance chairman Ben Smith still believes that it will take months for things to get back to normal.

Flight chaos could have been much worse

Flight chaos could have been much worse

The main challenge is the lack of staff to handle baggage and passengers, as many have lost their jobs during the pandemic. The Netherlands has a security clearance requirement to work in security controls, which delays the hiring process.

The same problem has affected airports and other airlines in Europe and the United States, which have struggled to keep up with increased travel demand in the wake of the pandemic.

The Star Alliance is a global network of nearly 30 companies, including SAS, Air Canada, Lufthansa, United Airlines and Austrian Airlines. The aircraft alliance operates more than 1,100 airports worldwide.

(© NTB)

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