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Average of 66,000 departing travellers per day in May holiday


In the 2023 May holiday, starting on 22 April, an average of 66,000 passengers are set to depart from Schiphol each day. The number of departing passengers will be well above 70,000 on peak days. These peaks will be at the beginning of the May holiday.

Schiphol and all partners have done everything they can to ensure that travellers have a good start to their journey from the airport. In recent weeks and months, a lot of effort was put into recruiting new security employees and Schiphol launched an information campaign for travellers. 

The number of passengers flying from Schiphol during this year’s May holiday is 14% higher than the number of departing passengers in the 2022 May holiday (an average of 58,000) and just below the figures we saw before the pandemic in 2019 (an average of 72,000 departing passengers per day). 

More than 850 new security officers 
The extensive recruitment campaign organised together with the security companies at Schiphol has meant that the goal of hiring 850 new security officers has been achieved. More than 850 candidates are in the screening process, have started training or have already started working. Productivity measures have also been implemented at security, where passengers and their baggage are checked. Improved work instructions and smarter use of equipment have led to a faster security check for each passenger. 

Information campaign: get ready for security 
In addition, Schiphol has launched a comprehensive information campaign calling upon travellers to be well-prepared for the security check at the airport. In this campaign, Schiphol gives tips about what kind of clothes to wear and how to smartly pack your bags. Travellers can find this information on: Schiphol | Get ready for security

On busy days, including the weekend of 22 and 23 April, there will be queues – just as there were before the coronavirus pandemic – but not as long as in 2022. Together with all employees at the airport, Schiphol will ensure that the start of the holidays goes well this year.

Update van Ruud - Meivakantie

“The recent Easter weekend went well at Schiphol, and we’re pleased about that. The next step is the upcoming May holiday. It will be quite a bit busier, and we are confident that it will all work out too"Ruud Sondag, CEO Schiphol

Personal itinerary at your fingertips 

Travellers can find information about their travel day, such as when the check-in desk opens and expected crowd levels at the security check, on and in the Schiphol app. For flights within the Schengen Zone, it is also possible to reserve time slots in order to go through the security check faster: Schiphol | Timeslots

Additional information for travellers includes: 

  • Arrive at the airport on time, but not too early. Keep to the time indicated by your airline. In general, 2 hours before departure for European flights and 3 hours before departure for intercontinental flights. 
  • Where possible, check in for your flight online before you arrive at the airport. That way, you’ll only need to drop off your baggage. 
  • Travellers flying with KLM, Transavia or TUI can drop off their baggage and check in at the P3 car park. 
  • Go through the security check quickly and smartly. At Schiphol we make use of 3D CT scans and you do not need to remove electronics, liquids or filled water bottles from your hand baggage. 
  • If you are travelling with an underage child, take the relevant Royal Netherlands Marechaussee rules and checks into consideration. Read more here.

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