schiphol

Feb 18 '17 09:00

Last year Schiphol saw the most growth of all major airports in Europe. The number of passengers that traveled through the Amsterdam airport increased by 9.2 percent to almost 64 million, thereby passing the airports in Frankfurt and Istanbul and taking the third spot on the list of Europe's busiest airports, NOS reports. 

The top five airports in Europe now are:

Feb 9 '17 11:18

Discount airlines may soon offer cheap trans-Atlantic flights from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport. Budget airline Norwegian plans to start offering long-haul flights from Schiphol by next year, CEO of the airline Bjorn Kjos confirmed to Luchtvaartnieuws.nl. 

Feb 8 '17 15:15

Schiphol and KLM launched a boarding experiment using a special face recognizing door with which passengers can board a plane without having to show their passport and boarding pass more than once, Aviation Tribune reports.

Taxi
Feb 7 '17 13:20

On Tuesday the court in Haarlem gave the municipality of Haarlemmermeer to ban taxis from Schiphol who do not have a permit for the official taxi stand at the airport, NOS reports. 

Feb 6 '17 14:10

The Environment and Transport Inspectorate issued a 10 thousand euro fine to a taxi driver at Schiphol airport on Saturday night. He was caught drivng passengers around using someone else's taxi license, Het Parool reports.

This fine was part of a large scale taxi inspection the Inspectorate did at the airport on Saturday. A number of fines were also handed out to taxi drivers who had gone too long without taking a break. To ensure road safety, taxi drivers have to take mandatory rest time.

Feb 1 '17 12:20

A faulty direct intercity train left 450 travelers stranded in the HSL tunnel near Rotterdam for about two hours. A technical problem caused the train's lights to go out and it could not travel any further, NU.nl reports.

The train between Rotterdam and Amsterdam left Rotterdam Central Station around 6:00 p.m. with around 450 people on board. The stranded passengers were evacuated from the train starting around 8:00 p.m. They had to cross the tracks to get one one of nine buses, that transported them directly to Schiphol airport.

Feb 1 '17 10:00

A computer malfunction in air traffic control at Schiphol on Wednesday morning means that numerous flights are delayed and other are being diverted to other airports. It is unclear how long this problem will last, ANP reports.

"We do not know what caused the problem or how long it will take for the problem to be resolved", a spokesperson said tot he news wire. A backup procedure was implemented which caused delays in arrival. Planes are departing according to schedule, however. 

Jan 31 '17 07:46

Six Iranians have been stuck in a lounge behind passport control at Schiphol airport since Saturday. They were traveling with KLM from Teheran to the United States when president to people from Iran and six other Muslim countries. When they tried to get on their next flight at Schiphol, they were told they could go no further.

Dozens protest at Schiphol against Donald Trump banning people from 7 Muslim countries from the U.S., 29 Jan 2017
Jan 30 '17 08:21

Dozens of people gathered at Schiphol airport on Sunday to protest against a ban on asylum seekers and people from seven Muslim countries Donald Trump implemented in the United States. They carried signs reading "No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here", "Trump psychopath", "Human rights for ALL" and "Muslim ban is racist, xenophobic, not normal. Rise up". One protester was arrested, RTL Nieuws reports.

Thick fog on the A13 between Delft and Berkel, 23 Jan 2017
Jan 23 '17 08:39

Thick fog in the coastal provinces and icy roads in the entire Netherlands triggered meteorological institute KNMI to issue a code yellow weather warning on Monday morning. The weather conditions can hinder all forms of traffic, the KNMI warns.

Visibility may be reduced to less than 200 meters in some places. And slickness may particularly a problem on bridges and viaducts, the institute warns. Motorists are advised to adjust their driving behavior - slow down and keep a safe following distance. Also keep an eye on traffic and weater reports.

Jan 23 '17 07:59

On Friday and Saturday the Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested seven suspects in connection with a diamond heist at Schiphol airport in 2005. The seven are suspected of involvement in the hijacking of an armored car carrying 67 million euros worth of diamonds, NOS reports.

The arrests were made in Amsterdam and Valencia, Spain. The suspects are five men and two women. All of them are Dutch. 

Lelystad Airport
Jan 18 '17 13:55

The Dutch Council of State approved expansion plans for Lelystad Airport. On Wednesday the Council ruled that the objections to the zoning plan for the airport are ungrounded, ANP reports.

The zoning plan states that the airport's runway can be extended from 1,250 meters long to 2,700 meters and from 30 meters wide to 45 meters. This makes the airport suitable for heavier aircraft types, something that is essential for the plans to have Lelystad take over some of Schiphol's traffic.

Passengers cram on a bus from Amsterdam Central to Sloterdijk, Amsterdam power outage 17 Jan 2017
Jan 17 '17 11:09

across the Netherlands are expected to last the rest of the day, NS warns. The problems were caused by a this morning.

Jan 16 '17 13:55

The safe detonation of some 30 WWII era bombs will start in a field in Rijsenhout, near Schiphol airport, on Monday. Many explosives are found in the Rijsenhout area as the Germans constructed a mock airfield there during the Second World War to divert attention from Schiphol, Het Parool reports.

A total of 30 bombs were recently found in the area. Four have already been detonated. In the coming weeks explosive experts will set off two more bombs per day. If all goes to plan, the last bomb will be dismantled on January 25th.

Jan 13 '17 12:28

The winter weather conditions are causing trouble for passengers. Schiphol airports expects flight delays due to strong winds. And train traffic in the Netherlands already encountered several problems due to snow and icy tracks. 

"Due to strong winds, flights from/to Schiphol might be delayed. Check your airline for flight information", Schipphol wrote on Twitter.

Jihadist
Jan 13 '17 11:09

Suspected jihadist Lieke S. from Eindhoven was extradited from Bulgaria to the Netherlands. The Koninklijke Marechaussee took her into custody at Schiphol airport on Friday morning, AD reports.

The 33-year-old woman was arrested in Bulgaria on December 23rd, at the request of the Dutch Public Prosecutor. The prosecutor in Den Bosch suspects her of trying to join terrorist organization ISIS in order to take part in the violent struggle in Syria. 

Jan 11 '17 12:40

Schiphol opened its doors for too many airlines and that is why the airport is now nearing its limit in flight movements, according to airline KLM. That means that KLM can no longer grow at the airport and that is bad for the economy, KLM CEO Pieter Elbers said to newspaper AD on Wednesday.

Jan 10 '17 10:25

Schiphol airport processed a record number of 63.6 million passengers last year, 9 percent more than in 2015, Schiphol Group announced. The number of flight movements increased by more than 6 percent to 479 thousand flights. If this growth rate continues, Schiphol will exceed its maximum number of allowed flights before the end of the year, ANP reports.

Up until 2020 Schiphol is only allowed 500 thousand flight movements a year. 

Jan 9 '17 08:58

With terrorist threats, a centennial celebration, strikes and a 9.1 percent increase in passengers, Schiphol airport has a very busy year behind it. And 2017 will be even busier, CEO Jos Nijhuis expects. But the number of Koninklijke Marechaussee officers responsible for safety at the airport did not grow with the busyness of Schiphol. According to Nijhuis, the airport needs between 400 and 500 extra Marechaussee officers, he said to the Financieele Dagblad on Monday.

Icy road
Jan 6 '17 07:33

Friday is turning out to be a cold day for the Netherlands, with afternoon temperatures expected to range between freezing and -2 degrees. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning, warning motorists to be careful of slick, icy roads across the country.

The icy weather will continue on through Saturday. The western parts of the country will have some snow on Friday night, and it will spread to the eastern parts of the country during the night. The conditions on the roads is expected to be worse on Saturday morning. 

Jan 5 '17 12:40

A 14-year-old boy was arrested at Schiphol airport on Wednesday night for having a taser and a bag of fake money on his person, the Koninklijke Marechaussee announced on their Facebook page. 

The Koninklijke Marechaussee is a policing force that works as a part of the Dutch army. It is responsible for border security, including security at airports.

According to the Marechaussee, customs officers found a flashlight on the boy which turned out to be a taser. They called in the Marechaussee, who arrested the boy and found 51 fake 50 euro notes on him. 

Michael Moran, found dead on the railway track between Schiphol and Amsterdam on 2 Jan 2017
Jan 5 '17 10:51

A young British man was found dead on railway track between Schiphol airport and Amsterdam on Monday, according to British newspapers The Sun and ECHO. The victim, Michael Moran from Liverpool, was reported missing the day before.

A spokesperson for the Dutch police confirmed to Liverpool Echo that a body was found on the railway on Monday and that it was the body of a Brit who was missing since the day before. The spokesperson said it was "more than likely" that the man had been hit by a train. His death is under investigation.

Fog at Schiphol Airport, 28 Oct 2016
Dec 30 '16 11:02

For the third consecutive day flights are being delayed and canceled at Schiphol airport due to thick fog causing visibility problems. A spokesperson could not give exact numbers, but told NU.nl that dozens of flights will be canceled today.

"A day of nuisance" is expected. "However, the outlook is somewhat better, but it remains to be seen", the spokesperson said. Around 10:00 a.m. the average delay for inbound and outbound flights was at over an hour. 

Foggy Schiphol, 29 Dec 2016
Dec 30 '16 07:33

For the third day in a row meteorological institute KNMI issued a weather warning for slick roads and reduced visibility due to fog. The warning covers the entire Netherlands. "Adjust speed and keep a sufficient following distance", the KNMI warns. "Follow weather reports and warnings."

According to the KNMI, in some places visibility will be reduced to less than 200 meters. Local roads in particular may be icy and slick, as gritters don't always reach them. 

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