Travel organizations TUI and Corendon are sending a total of eight flights to Gambia today to pick up some 1,600 Dutch vacationing in the African country. Unrest threatens in Gambia because president Yahya Jammeh is refusing to make way for his elected successor, ANP reports.
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.
Amsterdam travelers who had to pay extra travel expenses due to major disruptions to the city's subway traffic on Monday and Wednesday, will be compensated, municipal transport company GVB announced on Wednesday, ANP reports.
Travelers can claim compensation for extra traveling costs by completing a complaint form on gvb.nl.
Subway traffic in Amsterdam was again brought to a standstill due to a fault on Wednesday morning. There is currently no traveling on subway lines 50, 51, 53 and 54, ANP reports.
The fault occurred on one of the lines, but municipal transport company GVB decided to halt all subways for safety reasons, a spokesperson for the company said to the news wire. What the problem is exactly is unclear. The spokesperson also could not say how long it will take to fix.
The extra trains NS deploys during rush hour to help ease the pressure on overcrowded trains, are often late or do not show up at all, according to research done by newspaper AD and treinreiziger.nl based on ProRail figures. Travelers organization Rover calls this situation unacceptable.
The Dutch government is having discussions with Belgium, Germany and France about implementing a registry for people traveling on international buses, trains and boats, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Security and Justice said to the Volkskrant. This follows terror Anis Amri suspect fleeing through the Netherlands unchecked after he drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin on December 19th.
The longest delayed flight of 2016 was a TUIfly flight from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic to Schiphol. The flight was delayd for 43 hours and 19 minutes, EUClaim - a company that assists aggrieved passangers - announced on Thursday, ANP reports.
The delay started with a technical fault on the original aircraft. The replacement plane from HiFly then crashed into a passenger bridge, which means that another replacement plane had to be sent. This took so long that the flight crew needed to be given time to rest before the flight could begin.
Union FNV is very concerned about the large number of temporary workers at Schiphol's passenger and cargo security. The "huge carousel of temporary workers", and its accompanying high staff turnover, has consequences for the employees, but also for security at the airport, the union writes in a report published on Wednesday, the Telegraaf reports.
KLM is stoopping its direct flights between Schiphol and Doha, the capital of Qatar, from next summer. The Dutch airline flew this route for 33 years, but competition from Qatar Airways - who started flying the same route in June last year - means that the flight to and from Qatar is no longer profitable, KLM announced on Thursday, ANP reports.
Although air travelers in Europe are entited to compensation for flight delays of more than three hours, about half of Dutch passengers do not get this compensation, the Telegraaf reports.
The newspaper based its report on figures from organizations like Reisrecht, Vluchtvertraacht, EUclaim and Consumentenbond. According to Henry Noorderhaven of EUclaim, every year about 80 thoousand Dutch miss out on this compensation, most of them get talked out of claiming. This involves an amount of about 35 million euro, according to him. "the aviation inspectorate does nothing."
Air France-KLM is setting up a new subsidiary to compete with companies from particularly the Gulf countries. According to the French-Dutch airline, companies such as Emirates are able to work at laower costs in markets where Air France-KLM want to grow, NU.nl reports.
Between 100 and 200 flights were delayed at Schiphol Airport on Tuesday morning due to fog. The fog means that the distances between airplances on landing and takeoff have to be bigger, leading to delays, ANP reports.
While the delays still seem to be small, the airport warns that they could run up to 30 minutes. Travelers are advised to keep an eye on Schiphol's website for current travel infromation.
The airport expects that the flight schedule should be back to normal by Tuesday afternoon.
Train travelers in Amsterdam may have to deal with cancelled or delayed trains during the evening rush hour on Monday. NS expects "possible disruptions" due to striking train drivers and conductors from 5:00 p.m. on Monday.
The train drivers and conductor will hold a meeting at Amsterdam Central Station starting at 5:00 p.m. They will not work during this meeting. It is as yet unclear how many train drivers will be taking part in the strike, and therefore the possible consequences are also not clear.
Budget airline Ryanair has big ambitions for the new Lelystad airport, commercial director David O'Brien said in an interview with the Telegraaf. "We want all the slots, if the price is right. In a few years we will bring 2 million passengers to Lelystad." he said to the newspaper.
The Irish airline is seeing strong growth in the Netherlands and plans to put 8 perecent more seats in the market next year. Ryanair is currently very active at Eindhoven Airport and recently started flying from Schiphol too. Lelystad airport is set to open in two years, accordding to the newspaper.
Schiphol airport is building a temporary terminal in an effort to cope with a recent jump in the number of passengers traveling to European countries
EasyJet is cancelling 14 flights taking off from Amsterdam on Monday due to another pilot strike announced on Sunday night. This is the fourth pilot strike for the Schiphol based easyJet pilots in a short time.
Schiphol Airport expects that today will be its busiest day of the year. An estimated 222,261 passengers will travel through the airport today - a record number, a spokesperson said
Most airlines charge additional fees for checking in luggage on European flights. And sometimes these additional fees are more expensive than the ticket itself, according to booking website Tix.nl based on a comparison of 12 airlines.
American airline Delta is dealing with a worldwide computer malfunction that has all their flights grounded. This includes some flights from Schiphol airport and travelers are advised to keep an eye on actual travel information.
Customs officers at Schiphol Airport arrested a total of 645 drug traffickers on flights from the Antilles, Suriname and Venezuela last year. That is a 20 percent decrease compared to 2014, a spokesperson for Customs said to broadcaster NOS.
A 64-year-old Dutch man was seriously injured in a paragliding accident in Austria on Thursday. A wrong maneuver sent the man falling 500 meters before crashing into Lake Hallstatt. His unconscious form was removed from the water and rushed to the hospital
Extra security measures currently in effect around Schiphol airport is causing delays for the buses NS deployed to make up for the lack of trains to the airport due to rail works
A technical fault in Schiphol's baggage system resulted in some 9 thousand suitcases being left behind at the airport over the weekend
No trains are traveling between Amsterdam and Schiphol Airport today due to rail works on the track between Amsterdam Sloterdijk and the airport. ProRail is also working on other routes between the Dutch capital and the airport, which means that all train passengers traveling between the two locations today, will have to do so by bus