Bad weather triggers over 70 cancelled flights at Schiphol

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Schiphol Airport cancelled more than 70 flights on Monday due to the bad weather and maintenance on the Zwanenburg runway, Het Parool reports.

Poor visibility due to low hanging clouds in particular is a problem. While the weather cleared up somewhat in the first half of the afternoon, more downpours are predicted for later in the day.

The plains that are able to leave are facing delays. "People have to take delays of five minutes to an hour into account", a Schiphol spokesperson said to broadcaster NOS.

The airport expect the weather problems to persist for the rest of the day. The Zwanenburg runway should be open again on Tuesday.

Schiphol advises travelers to check actual departure and arrival times on the airlines' or Schiphol's website before leaving for the airport.

Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow storm warning affecting most of the Netherlands on Monday afternoon and evening. Traffic service ANWB also warned that the storms, winds and hail will likely cause traffic problems on the roads.