Fewer flights will depart from Schiphol this summer than usual. Also in the long run, the government wants to reduce the number of flights to protect the environment. Is it still relaxed to go on a flying holiday? That is the opinion of DVHN Youth Panel.
Due to staff shortages, fewer flights will depart from Schiphol this summer than usual. Also in the long run, the government wants to cut the number of flight movements due to particles and noise. Is it good that Schiphol’s urge to expand is coming to an end? Is it no longer casual to go on a flying holiday, and should we all choose sustainable alternatives? That is the opinion of DVHN Youth Panel.
Alisa Bos (16)
“Air holidays have created more and more stress lately. Due to the crowd, it is unclear to many whether they will fly or not, and in addition, of course, it is not at all casual to stand in line for hours without even knowing if you are still getting on the plane.
However, I think it would be very nice to take a plane one day. It is an experience that you will probably soon forget and precisely because it is so different from all other means of transport, it can immediately give a real holiday feeling.
But if this holiday feeling disappears, for example due to the increasing crowds and the long waiting times, then I see few benefits of the flight holidays. It is very expensive and is the stress really worth the money?
In addition, it is very bad for the environment to fly by plane. If we reduce flights, which is already happening due to the minimized number of employees, the total emission of greenhouse gases will decrease enormously. And in this time when environmental pollution plays a big role, it is necessary.
Personally, I do not think flying holidays are worth it anymore. We can think of a lot of alternatives that can also give us a real holiday feeling without us having to start the holiday full of panic. ”
Chantal Pettinga (16)
“I have never been on holiday by plane myself, but from what I have heard about the crowds, I do not think it would be nice to go on holiday by plane. The crowds at the gates, the search for your suitcases, it all seems too much stress for a holiday.
Of course, it is better for the environment to travel by train or bus, but I understand that not everyone wants to. Traveling by plane is simply faster and people love it.
Still, I would like to say that you can take an incredibly beautiful journey by train, you see several of the locations you pass and of course the beautiful view. If you are looking for a more sustainable journey, the train is a good option, the emissions of particles from trains are very low compared to the car and the plane.
I would not mind if the number of flight movements is reduced, as I do not think it is necessary to go on holiday by plane. In addition, there are plenty of other options. However, more trains are needed, and it must be made easier to plan a train journey so that the train journey becomes more accessible to everyone. ”
Linda Aalderink (16)
“Despite the fact that the chaos at Schiphol does not ruin my holiday, I think it’s awful to see. I have been on holiday in the Netherlands for years, so no long waits for security checks for me. I understand very well that others like to go on holiday by plane and that it is very annoying to have to start with a lot of stress. Not to mention all the people who can no longer go on the vacation they had planned.
That said, I would like to add that I am fine with fewer departures. It is a pity that these flights have been canceled, but I think it would be nice if fewer flights were planned in the future. In 2019, the CO2 emissions of Dutch airlines were more than twelve billion kilos, while all Dutch road transport (such as trains, buses and cars, including Dutch abroad) had half of the CO2 emissions the same year.
In addition, it is clear that Schiphol is struggling with staff shortages, which is why the current chaos has arisen. Tasks that normally require four people must now be performed in pairs or even alone. It’s awful that suitcases are sometimes left at Schiphol, but I think this shortage of staff is inevitable. There is therefore a great need for more employees at Schiphol, but I also think it is a good idea to get fewer planes to fly. ”