Liz Morgan arrived at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport 4 1/2 hours before her flight to Athens. “There's elderly people in the queues, there's kids, babies. No water, no nothing,” she says. "It's going to be a chaotic summer for travelers in Europe," she adds.

“No signage, no one helping, no toilets,” says one passenger. “If you go out of the queue, you lost your spot,’ she says. After two years of pandemic restrictions, travel demand has roared back. Airlines and airports that slashed jobs during the depths of the crisis are struggling to keep up.

Netherlands’ busiest airport is trimming flights. It could be months before Schiphol has enough staff to ease the pressure, CEO says. London’s Gatwick and Heathrow airports are asking airlines to cap their flight numbers. The busy summer tourism season is underway in Europe.

Discount carrier easyJet is scrapping thousands of summer flights to avoid last-minute cancellations. North American airlines wrote to Ireland’s transport chief demanding urgent action to tackle ‘significant delays’ at Dublin airport. Nearly 2,000 flights from major continental European airports were canceled during one week this month, with Schiphol accounting for nearly 9%.
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