Travel from Schiphol well prepared this summer holiday

Schiphol is looking forward to welcoming everyone who will be flying from the airport this summer holiday. During the holiday period, from 8 July to 3 September, Schiphol is expecting an average of 68,000 departing passengers each day. On peak days, the number of departing passengers is more than 77,000. The peak days are at the beginning of the holiday. Depending on the region, the summer holiday in the Netherlands starts on 8, 15 and 22 July. 

The number of passengers departing from Schiphol is 26% higher than in the 2022 summer holiday (daily average of 54,000 travellers) and just below the numbers seen in pre-covid year 2019, when an average of 73,000 travellers departed from Schiphol each day. This summer, the most popular destinations are London, Istanbul and Barcelona. 

Prepare for your journey 
Figures show that 90% of travellers went through the security check within 5-10 minutes during the May holiday. That was due to the recruitment of around one thousand new security officers, but also because travellers were well prepared. Schiphol is therefore once again asking travellers to prepare well for their journey from the airport. They can find information about their travel day, such as when the check-in desk opens and expected crowd levels at security, on Schiphol.nl and in the Schiphol app. 

In addition, travellers can find tips including: 

  • Arrive at the airport on time, but not too early. Follow your airline's advice. Generally, that is to arrive 2 hours before a European flight and 3 hours before an international flight. 
  • Where possible, check in for your flight online before coming to the airport. That means you'll only have to drop off your baggage when you arrive. 
  • Travellers flying with KLM, Transavia or TUI can drop off their baggage and check in at the P3 car park.  
  • Fast through the security check: at Schiphol we use 3D CT scans and that means you can leave your electronics, liquids and filled water bottle in your bag.  
  • Bear in mind the rules and checks of the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee when travelling with a minor
  • Check the validity of your passport. 

Book a time slot: through security at a set time 
Furthermore, Schiphol has extended the option to book a free time slot for the security check. Travellers can now reserve a time slot for both Schengen and non-Schengen destinations, allowing them to go through the security check at a time of their choice. 

Busier than usual 
Travellers should keep in mind that it is busier than usual during the holiday period. This means that they may sometimes have to wait for the check-in, security check and passport control. Together with all parties at the airport, we are making every effort to make our travellers' journey as smooth as possible during the summer holiday.