KLM put a red line through twelve of its departures to Italy due to the coronavirus outbreak in the country. The Dutch airline will still fly to infected areas, but at a lower frequency, eliminating at least 25 percent of its flights to Italy this week through March 15th.
The growing severity of coronavirus in the Netherlands is continuing to rattle investors, and taking a toll on the country's businesses. By the end of trading on Friday, the AEX Index at Euronext Amsterdam closed 3.9 percent lower than a day earlier, and 15.6 percent down from the record high of 629.23 set on Valentine's Day.
The outbreak of coronavirus Covid-19 means that tourism from China to the Netherlands will decrease even more than previous estimations, according to the Netherlands' office for tourism and congresses NBTC. Last month the agency said that the number of Chinese tourists visiting the Netherlands would decrease from around 380 thousand last year to 300 thousand this year. Now NBTC expects the decrease to be even stronger, NOS reports.
Amsterdam's goal of reducing its CO2 emissions by 55 percent by 2030 is achievable, but will take a deal of effort, sustainability alderman Marieke van Doorninck said in a press release on Friday. The municipality plans to achieve this goal with measures like promoting solar panel and wind turbine installations, and getting homes off the natural gas network.
While women in the Netherlands are better educated, work and earn more than in the 1980's, they still take on care tasks more often than men when it comes to dividing household duties, according to Statistics Netherlands' comparison of people in their thirties in the 1980's and people in their thirties in 2010.
The comparison showed that young mothers now work relatively often and longer, but mostly part-time. Among men, there were hardly any changes on these points, not even for fathers, Statistics Netherlands researcher Tanja Traag said to NOS.
Fifteen European countries and 66 companies have entered into a partnership committed to making all plastic packaging recyclable and suitable for reuse. The European Plastic Pact started when Dutch Environment Minister Stientje van Veldhoven made agreements with Dutch companies and then turned to her European colleagues to do the same. She is presenting the plan in Brussels on Friday, NOS reports.
Benefits agency UWV is reviewing the systems it uses for fraud detection, to make sure they are legally tenable, the organization confirmed to NOS. This review was initiated after the court banned the government's anti-fraud system, so-called System Risk Indication (SyRI), because it infringed too much on citizens privacy.
British airline Flybe was declared bankrupt on Thursday, the airline announced in a statement. All its flights have been grounded. At Schiphol Airport this means 19 canceled departures and 19 canceled arrivals for Thursday alone.
"If you are due to fly with Flybe, please DO NOT TRAVEL TO THE AIRPORT unless you have arranged an alternative flight with another airline," Flybe said. "If you have a booking sold by another airline that includes travel on a Flybe flight, please contact the relevant airline or travel agent to confirm if there is any impact to your travel plans."
Last year 46.3 million people spent the night in accommodations in the Netherlands, an increase of 5 percent compared to 2018. The number of overnight stays increased by 7 percent to 124 million nights spent, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday. Both the number of Dutch and foreign tourists who spent the night in registered accommodations increased, by 3 percent and 8 percent respectively.
With Covid-19 diagnoses popping up in more and more countries, KLM and Air France decided to waive re-booking fees for the coming weeks. The spread of the coronavirus means that more countries are implementing travel restrictions, and governments are issuing negative travel advice for more destinations.
Of the 14 thousand management positions at Unilever in the Netherlands, 52 percent are now held by women, the Anglo-Dutch multinational announced on Tuesday. The company says it is "closing the gap between men an women", also by expanding paternity leave. From July 1st, the company is offering 6 weeks paid partner-leave around the birth of a child, RTL Z and RTL Nieuws report.
Last year 18 percent more electricity was generated from renewable sources in the Netherlands than the year before, compared to an 11 percent increase in 2018. Last year's increase can mainly be attributed to more solar power, according to figures released by Statistics Netherlands on Wednesday.
Last year 21.8 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of sustainable energy was generated in the Netherlands, compared to 18.5 billion kWh in 2018. Windmills were responsible for the largest share of this at 49 percent, followed by biomass at 26 percent, and solar power at 24 percent.
Dutch budget airline Transavia said it would eliminate several flights to Italy from mid-March through April because of the coronavirus outbreak there. The spread of the new viral strain, linked to Covid-19, has resulted in decreased passenger demand to the European country, the airline stated.
The ban on free plastic bags implemented in the Netherlands in 2016, resulted in about an 80 percent reduction in plastic bags given to shoppers, according to a study by I&O Research. 94 percent of Netherlands residents said it has become a habit to take their own bag to the supermarket, NOS reports.
In 2018, an average of 35 plastic bags were sold per Netherlands resident, around 80 percent less than in 2015 before shops had to charge for their bags. The number of plastic carrier bags in litter has decreased by around 60 percent in the same period.
The number of mortgage applications from people over the age of 55 increased by nearly 25 percent in the last quarter of 2019. More than half applied to increase or refinance their mortgage to renovate or make their home more sustainable, according to figures De Hypotheker released on Tuesday.
The climbing trend in mortgage applications from this age group continued in the first months of this year. In January, applications were up 17.6 percent compared to the same month last year. In February the increase was even 33 percent compared to the year before.
Travelers from the Netherlands who end up quarantined in a hotel because of coronavirus will likely have to pay most of the costs involved themselves. Travel agencies will only cover the first three days of forced quarantine, and travel insurance in most cases will not cover the rest, a spokesperson for the Dutch association for travel agencies ANVR told NL Times.
The quarantine period for Covid-19 is typically 14 days. Tour operators are responsible for paying the first three days of forced quarantine when the trip was booked with an ANVR member.
Getting packages of food from a food bank is intended to be an emergency aid measure, but more and more people in the Netherlands need this help long-term. Last year 13 thousand people received food from food banks for longer than three years. That is 15 percent of the total customer base. Five years ago, only 5 percent were dependent on food bank packages for more than three years, NOS reports.
The Dutch economy is expected to grow by 1.4 percent this year and 1.6 percent next year, according to the latest estimations by central planning office CPB. The expected growth is slightly higher than previous estimations in December. The CPB warned that the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on the economy are still very uncertain, but the virus will negatively impact economic growth if it is not quickly gotten under control.
A planned new subway line between Amsterdam and Almere should be extended so that it runs from Amsterdam West to Haarlem, the GroenLinks and PvdA district councilors in Amsterdam Oost and Nieuw West said in a letter published in Het Parool.
KLM is extending the cancellations of most of its flights to China until at least May 3rd, the Dutch airline announced on Monday. From Monday through to May 3rd, flights to Hong Kong will be flown every other day, instead of daily.
The cancellation affects flights to Chengdu, Hangzhou and Xiamen. KLM plans to resume flights to Beijing and Shanghai in April. "In this way, KLM customers can still reach other cities via these destinations."
A TUI plane sank through the asphalt at the Bonaire International Airport over the weekend. The plane was about to depart for Amsterdam. The passengers on board were unharmed and were booked seats on other flights to the Dutch capital, a TUI spokesperson said, NU.nl reports.
The incident happened during pushback - when the plane is pushed backwards so that it can start taxiing. The plane was pulled free, inspected and sent to Curacao for further inspection, according to the newspaper.
The European headquarters of Nike in Hilversum will be closed on Monday and Tuesday for a thorough cleaning. One of the employees working at the head office was diagnosed with coronavirus Covid-19, the sports brand wrote in an email to all employees, ANP reports.
The hotel and service industry finished 2019 with an estimated 3.9 percent growth in unadjusted turnover compared to a year earlier. Despite this, business owners in the field said they had serious concerns as they entered into 2020, Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said on Friday.
Over 70 percent said they were struggling and stalled due to reasons like staff shortages, faltering demand, and poor weather. The number of service industry companies reporting a labor shortage has remained over 25 percent since the third quarter of 2018, according to the CBS.
A record number of e-bikes were sold in the Netherlands last year, according to RAI, Bovag and research agency GfK. A massive 420 thousand of these bikes were sold, making them responsible for around 70 percent of the total turnover from bicycle sales, NU.nl reports.
The total turnover from bicycle sales amounted to 1.252 billion euros. With a market share of 41.7 percent, the e-bike is now the most sold type of bicycle in the Netherlands for the second year in a row. On average, consumers pay 2,067 euros for an e-bike.