Düsseldorf (dpa) – There were long lines at the country’s main airports on the unofficial first day of holidays in North Rhine-Westphalia. According to the spokesman, there was a lot of rush at the airport in Düsseldorf. The travelers told DPA reporter they had been waiting there for five hours. They came very early.
There were also problems with the baggage transport system in Düsseldorf, which showed its sensitive side at the beginning of the summer holidays. After the disruption on Friday, there was another disruption to part of the system on Saturday, the airport said. “Therefore, it cannot be ruled out that the luggage will be left in Düsseldorf today,” he said. The airlines will hand it over as soon as possible. We apologize for the inconvenience to travelers.
Flights canceled at short notice have also caused frustration among travelers. Several airlines have repeatedly canceled numerous flights over the past few days due to significant staff shortages due to the coronavirus. Nine flights were canceled at Düsseldorf Airport by noon on Saturday – eight from Eurowings and Lufthansa.
On the other hand, the security checks in Düsseldorf, which had often been a critical point in recent weeks, ran smoothly. “We have to wait 10 to 15 minutes in Düsseldorf and we are very pleased with that,” said a spokesman for the federal police.
The federal police were able to hire a second service provider to provide timely support. The main service provider also hired additional support staff.
The situation is different at the Cologne / Bonn airport: “There we have a waiting time of 60 to 90 minutes at the security checkpoints,” said the spokesman. This is due to the sickness absence of over one hundred employees. “You can’t compensate anymore.”
Already on Friday – the last day of school – there were long lines in front of the security control and check-in desks at the airports in Cologne / Bonn and Düsseldorf.
With many people returning on vacation after a forced break caused by the crown, the car is losing importance in terms of travel compared to the last two years of the coronation, the ADAC analyzed in advance. Moreover, not all of them would be leaving immediately in the first few weeks. It is more likely that the trip will be spread over the entire summer vacation.
In fact, there wasn’t a large wave of motorway travel in North Rhine-Westphalia on Saturday. “Since it’s the start of vacation, it is extremely quiet on the highways,” said a spokesman for the state police control center.
Already in the morning – uncharacteristically for North Rhine-Westphalia – there were almost no traffic jams. “Right now, you don’t feel anything from your vacation travel,” an ADAC spokesman said at noon. That didn’t change during the day either. Accordingly, the length of the cork ranged from zero to five kilometers. “There were short traffic jams here and there, but otherwise practically everything was clear” – concluded the expert. It also assumes a quiet Sunday. Traffic in the country rose to nearly 200 kilometers on Friday afternoon, according to the ADAC.
On the other hand, Deutsche Bahn saw an increase in travel. A spokesman said weekends were more busy than normal weekends. Railways have previously warned that there could be heavy use of capacity this weekend due to increased passenger numbers, especially in regional traffic.
Cologne / Bonn Airport expects around 115,000 passengers for the first weekend of summer, or around 38,000 passengers a day. Düsseldorf Airport is expecting over 200,000 passengers this weekend.
North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous federal state, was the first of Germany’s 16 federal states to begin their summer vacation on Friday for the final day of school. A week later they will be joined by the coastal states of Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, and on Wednesday (6 July), Hamburg, Berlin and Brandenburg. The last ones are the southern federal states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria – at the end of July and August 1, respectively.
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