My flight leaves from Amsterdam at 7:00 AM. I'm flying to another country within the Schengen Area, which means no passport control. In the good old days of efficient Schiphol (sigh...), I would have checked out of my hotel at 5AM, taken a taxi, showed up at the airline "balie" at 6:15AM, and I still would have had plenty of time to grab a coffee on the way to the gate. According to most reports, waiting times in Schiphol average 4 hours these days. My questions are:
- Does this still apply for early morning flights? Because if it does, I'd need to wake up at around 1AM, leave the hotel at 2, and show up at the airport at 3(!).
- What sort of priority will I get if I book a business class ticket? I could do so, but it's nonsense if 95% of the waiting time is spent on the line outside the airport, which I assume has no priority for business ticket holders (I may be wrong on this, but I have not found information saying otherwise.)
- I could rebook my flight through Eindhoven. There are flights leaving to my destination at around the same hour (I have a late meeting the day before the flight and need to be at my destination in the afternoon the next day. Therefore, leaving early is a must whether I travel through Schiphol or Eindhoven) Will this afford me a shorter waiting time?