The Netherlands released a stricter travel advisory for its citizens wanting to go to Italy. The update was due to the emergency measures Italian authorities put in place yesterday as an urgent means to fight the spread of coronavirus there. The new warning is the fourth updated advisory covering Italy, and it also affects the nations of San Marino and Vatican City.
From the end of March, Transavia will charge passengers extra for large hand luggage, the company informed its travel partners. "If our passengers want to be sure that their trolley suitcase or backpack will go with them in the cabin, it will cost 10 to 30 euros extra per return flight," a spokesperson for Transavia said to the Telegraaf.
People who flew from the Dutch airports last year, most often flew to London. The most plane passengers traveled from the Netherlands to Heathrow Airport in London. And London was the most popular destination for flights from four of the five national Dutch airports last year, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.
A total of 1.75 million people flew between a Dutch airport and London Heathrow last year. El Prat airport in Barcelona was the second most popular destination with 1.61 million travelers, followed by Dublin with 1.35 million.
For the first time ever, more Netherlands residents traveled to their vacation destination abroad by plane than by car. The number of plane trips increased by 3 percent to 10.1 million last year, while the number of car trips decreased by 3 percent to 10 million, according to figures from the Dutch Tourism Board, NOS reports.
A ground stop was put in place Wednesday afternoon at Eindhoven Airport preventing all aircraft from taking off and landing at the second largest airport in the Netherlands. The problem, due to freezing fog, could continue through midnight, according to a bulletin released by Eurocontrol, the European organization for air traffic safety.
The weather was also causing problems at Schiphol Airport, and to a far lesser extent at Rotterdam The Hague Airport.
On January 1st, new international regulations come into effect that should make it easier to prosecute travelers who put airplane safety in danger in the country where they are put off the plane. A total of 22 countries have signed the new treaty, called the Montreal Protocol. The Netherlands is currently ratifying it, the Telegraaf reports.
The Netherlands and eight other European countries are calling on the European Union to implement a tax on air travel. The governments of the nine countries signed a manifesto calling on the European Commission to come up with a proposal on this front, which will be handed to European Commissioner Frans Timmermans.
Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, currently the Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, wants to succeed Mark Rutte as Prime Minister and thereby become the first female Prime Minister of the Netherlands. "That would certainly be nice", the 56-year-old VVD Minister said to Elsevier.
If her goal of first female Prime Minister of the Netherlands doesn't work out, she would like to be the country's first female Minister of Finance, she added.
The average price of airfare rose by 5.4 percent last year despite a sharp drop in the price of oil, according to Statistics Netherlands (CBS) figures provided to NOS. The price of holiday packages also went up by 1.5 percent.
A researcher studying memory problems among airplane staff for the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, denies the claims made by fellow researcher that people traveling by plane are exposed to deadly nerve gases.
People traveling on aircraft are systematically exposed to life-threatening nerve gases, which are sucked in through the engine along with the fresh air. Frequent flyers that can not break down the toxins properly, are at risk of becoming critically ill, or even dying.