Schiphol air traffic problems lead to mounting flight delays, cancellations

Schiphol Amsterdam Airport in 2006photo: Shirley de Jong / Wikimedia

Update, 5:22 p.m., 21 November 2017: Air traffic control systems in Amsterdam were up-and-running again as of 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Schiphol airport. Still, flight arrival capacity at the airport could still be hampered through 7:30 p.m., Eurocontrol noted. Passengers were advised to check airport and airline websites and social media accounts for current information, as more delays and cancellations of departing and arriving flights were expected at the airport throughout the rest of the day.

This story was updated at 3:50 p.m., 21 November 2017

Technical problems with air traffic control in Amsterdam has led to "very high delays" at Schiphol Airport, according to the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol). Air Traffic Control at the airport "is still experiencing system problems and is currently working on a solution," Schiphol tweeted just before 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Most flights scheduled to fly to Amsterdam were held at their departure airports while the issue was being dealt with, flight information website Flightradar24 reported

"Flights to/from Schiphol may be delayed or cancelled. Please consult or your airline for more detailed flight information," the airport added. It was not known by 3:30 p.m. how long it would take for the problem to be resolved, but the capacity to handle inbound flights was increasing by 3:50 p.m.

"KLM is struggling with major delays resulting from the disruption," the Dutch airline said on Twitter. KLM called it a "major disruption" and cancelled a total of 50 departing and arriving flights due to the issue. 

Airports in Brussels, Frankfurt, and London were identified by Eurocontrol as being available for diverted aircraft, the European agency maintained as early as 11:50 a.m.

Lines at check-in and service counters grew substantially since the problem was first reported, broadcaster NOS said.