Rotterdam The Hague Airport closed due to snow; Few problems at Schiphol

Schiphol's snow fleet clearing snow off the airport's runways, 22 Jan 2019
Schiphol's snow fleet clearing snow off the airport's runways, 22 Jan 2019. (Photo: Schiphol/Twitter)

The Rotterdam The Hague Airport is temporarily closed on Tuesday due to snowfall. The fire department is at the airport to clear snow off the runways, but did not have much success, a spokesperson said to RTV Rijnmond. The airport will assess the situation again after 2:00 p.m. and decide whether it can reopen.

At least one incoming flight was redirected to Schiphol due to the closure, according to the broadcaster. A few departing flights have been delayed

Schiphol itself reports little weather related problems. "Up until now, there have only been a few delays on account of the snow", the airport said on Twitter. Travelers are still advised to check their flight status on the airport's website or app, or with their airline, before heading for the airport.

Eindhoven Airport, Groningen Airport Eelde, and Maastricht Aachen Airport haven't reported any delays or cancelations due to the weather. 

NS and ProRail adjusted the train traffic timetable on Tuesday, to account for the bad weather. About 80 percent of the usual trains are running. So far NS isn't reporting any snow-related problems. Though the rail company does advise travelers to take longer travel times and more crowded trains into account. 

The Dutch roads were noticeably less busy than usual during morning rush hour. At around 9:00 a.m. ANWB reported around 80 kilometers of traffic jams, compared to the usual around 200 kilometers. "Probably some people drew their conclusions based on the weather forecast and did not go onto the roads", a spokesperson said to Het Parool.

The KNMI issued a code yellow warning for slick roads for the entire country. This warning is in effect until at least 7:00 p.m. Motorists are warned to adjust their driving behavior. 

So far the icy roads haven't caused many problems, Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat announced. "Road users anticipate the weather very well and work from home or drive slowly", a spokesperson said to NU.nl. Over the past 12 hours RIjkswatestaat spread over 2 million kilograms of salt on the Dutch highways to combat slickness.

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