The Schiphol tunnel is partially open to motorists again after being completely closed since Monday afternoon. Two lanes will be open during rush hour for motorists who want to take the A4 from Amsterdam, the Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat announced on Wednesday morning, AD reports.
The portion of the southbound A4 expressway that travels through the Schiphol Tunnel will remain closed at least through the evening rush hour period, and possibly into Wednesday, Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat announced Tuesday afternoon. The decision was made when engineers were unable to restart exhaust fans in the tunnel during safety testing.
The entire Schiphol tunnel from Amsterdam (A4) to The Hague is still closed on Tuesday morning following a fire on Monday afternoon. Traffic information service ANWB calls on motorists to avoid Amsterdam during rush hour and to travel to the airport by train, AD reports.
Schiphol added ten new routes to its summer schedule. Passengers flying from Schiphol airport can now choose from nearly 200 European destinations and over 100 intercontinental destinations, the airport announced, Up In The Sky reports.
The number of flights to several already existing Schiphol destinations was also increased for summer. The summer schedule is in place from March 27th to October 28th.
The 10 new destinations are:
A 21-year-old Ukrainian man was fined 500 euros on Monday for flying a drone in Schiphol's departure hall, the police announced in a statement.
The young man wanted to make a film of his family and friends just before his departure, according to the police. He did not realize that it is illegal in the Netherlands to fly a drone in controlled airspace. Doing so could put air traffic in serious danger.
Last year Dutch airports broke the 70 million mark in passengers transported for the first time, compared to 64.6 million passengers in 2015. Schiphol Airport accounted for the bulk of these passengers, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday.
Many Dutch traveling to and from work will be able to cast their votes in the parliamentary elections en route. A record number of polling stations were set up at train stations, thanks to a joint effort by NS, ProRail and the municipalities. There are also various polling stations at airports, for Dutch traveling abroad, including at Schiphol and Eindhoven Airport.
Dutch man Len van Heest, who was deported form Canada on Monday after living there all 59 years of his life, arrived at Schiphol around 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. He was met by the Salvation Army and a cousin, who will help him find his way in the Netherlands, AD reports.
Nearly three-quarters of the total 217 thousand noise complaints about Schiphol Airport last year were made by only 35 people. These so-called constant complainers together submitted 158 thousand complaints, according to figures from the Local Community Contact Center Schiphol, ANP reports.
A total of over 5,900 local residents filed noise complaints about Schiphol last year, an increase of 8.5 percent compared to 2015. The number of constant complainers remained the same.
Two people were run over by a car on the A10 towards Schiphol on Sunday night around midnight. A woman was killed and a man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, AD reports.
According to the newspaper, the woman and man were quarreling and got out of their car on the emergency lane between Amsterdam Oud-Zuid and De Nieuwe Meer. They ran over the highway and were hit by an oncoming car. What they were fighting about is unclear. It is believed that the two were husband and wife, though this has not yet been confirmed.
A KLM flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport was delayed on Sunday after American authorities conducting explosive residue swab tests on items on the plane found residue of nitroglycerin, NBC News reports. While nitroglycerin is often used in explosives, it is also used in more every day products such as ointments and to treat coronary disease.
A code yellow weather warning for strong winds is currently in effect for most of the Netherlands. Only Friesland and Groningen are not affected. According to meteorological institute KNMI, the rest of the country can expect gusts of up to 90 kilometers per hour.
This could have consequences for traffic and outside activities, the KNMI warns. "Follow weather forecasts and warnings."
Airline FlyBe is cooperating in an investigation into a crash landing by one of its planes at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam last week. The plane crash landed next to the Schiphol runway on Thursday late afternoon. None of the 59 passengers were injured.
Around midnight meteorological institute KNMI withdrew a code orange weather warning for strong winds triggered by a February storm that hit the Netherlands on Thursday. The winds died down somewhat overnight. And while emergency services were busy due to the bad weather, so far the damage caused by the storm seem less severe than expected, NOS reports.
A plane destined for Amsterdam crash landed at the Dutch capital's airport Thursday evening after its right landing gear apparently collapsed. The FlyBe plane departed from Edinburgh, Scotland with 59 people on the aircraft.
The plane wound up next to the runway in the aftermath of the incident. It was not revealed if the rough winds that forced flight cancellations in Thursday had anything to do with the crash. Wind gusts were expected to hit 130 km/h on Thursday.
Videos shared on social media separated to show the plane's propellers striking the ground.
Schiphol airport canceled about 90 flights on Thursday due to the weather conditions, a spokesperson announced. So far there's been no significant delays, but they are expected to increase as the winds intensify and a February storm approaches the Netherlands, the spokesperson said, according to the Volkskrant.
A massive storm is set to hit the Netherlands this afternoon, bringing with it winds of up to 130 kilometers per hour. The windy weather is expected to cause problems with all forms of transport in the country, from motor traffic to planes.
Schiphol advises all travelers to keep an eye on their airline's website for actual flight information, as the windy weather in the Netherlands is causing delays. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow warning for strong winds for Thursday, but this morning a number of flights were already delayed due to the weather.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.