Airport chaos and traffic jams: NRW is the first federal state to start the summer holidays
Dusseldorf – The most populous country will be the first of the 16 German federal states to go this Friday North Rhine-Westphalia to the summer holidays.
The coastal states of Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will follow a week later, followed by Hamburg, Berlin and Brandenburg on Wednesday (July 6th). The southern states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria are the last in line – not until the end of July or August 1st.
On Friday, the last day of class, the students in North Rhine-Westphalia receive their certificates. As every year, the district governments have once again set up testimony phones. For example, anyone who feels the grades are unfair or has questions about their future school career can get in touch there.
According to the Federal Statistical Office, there are currently 8.4 million students at general schools in Germany. Another two and a half million people attend vocational schools. Of these eleven million, around two and a half million can be found in the populous NRW.
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For the first holiday weekend, it should be tight again on the highways in NRW. The ADAC expects traffic jams and slowdowns.
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However, the traffic club does not expect a “chaos traffic jam” – the travel traffic will be spread over the entire holiday. The risk of traffic jams is then highest on Fridays between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drivers need patience, especially on the routes towards the North and Baltic Sea coasts, to the Netherlands and on the way to the south.
Many trains are also likely to be full during the holidays. Numerous travelers will use the 9-euro ticket for holiday travel or day trips. According to Deutsche Bahn, there may be delays and cancellations on some routes due to construction sites.
If you want to start your vacation by plane, you have to expect long queues at check-in and at the security controls. The current shortage of staff in many areas will be a stress test for the airports at the start of the vacation period.
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The airport association ADV recommended vacationers to be at the airport at least two and a half hours before departure and, if possible, to use a check-in the evening before.
The risk that a booked flight will be canceled is also greater than usual. In the past few days, the Lufthansa subsidiary has increased Eurowings at the two largest NRW airports Dusseldorf and Cologne the flight cancellations. One reason for this is an unexpectedly high level of sick leave, said a company spokeswoman.
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