A major fuel outage at Schiphol in July, that left hundreds of flights canceled and tens of thousands of travelers stranded, was caused by a loose neutral wire in an electrical installation, research agency TNO concluded after investigating the failure. According to TNO, the error likely occurred during electrical installation work in February, NOS reports.
Flights destined for Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport were facing mounting delays on Friday night after new troubles arose with the airport's refuelling system. "Arrival rate has been reduced drastically and delays are now extremely high," Eurocontrol said in a bulletin at 8:20 p.m. The organization later said the refueling system was "out of service due to technical issues until further notice."
Schiphol and Aircraft Fuel Supply asked research agency TNO to investigate a major failure that made it impossible for planes to be refueled at the airport last week Wednesday. "Once the cause has been determined, we can also see how we could have prevented this", Inge Stegman, director of Aircraft Fuel Supply, said to ANP.
Tour operators and travel agencies plan to claim the damages they suffered due to refueling problems at Schiphol on Wednesday back from the airport. The disruption led to hundreds of flights being canceled or delayed, affecting tens of thousands of travelers. "It involves a lot of money", Frank Oostdam of trade association ANVR said to NOS.
The situation at Schiphol is back to normal after an aircraft refueling problem on Wednesday caused hundreds of flights to be canceled or delayed on Wednesday and Thursday. The delays and long queues at transfer desks and ticket counters decreased to manageable levels throughout Thursday, and Schiphol expects that most affected travelers were rebooked by their airlines by the end of the day, the airport said on Twitter on Thursday evening.
A fuel supply problem at Schiphol on Wednesday is still causing troubles at the airport on Thursday afternoon. Although the problem has been solved, the airport is still struggling to catch up to its planned flight schedule, a Schiphol spokesperson said to NU.nl.
KLM canceled a total of 61 of its flights scheduled for Thursday, a KLM spokesperson said to the newspaper. "We are still very busy restarting our organization", the spokesperson said.
After major problems with refueling at Schiphol airport on Wednesday, the airport is expecting a "somewhat disrupted day" on Thursday. So far the Schiphol site reports 60 canceled flights and 43 delayed ones. Travelers are advised to check their flight status before leaving for the airport.
Thousands of passengers were left with few options at Schiphol Airport as hundreds of inbound and outbound flights were canceled or faced hours-long delays. "The situation is not expected to improve until tomorrow morning," said Eurocontrol on Wednesday just before 4:30 p.m. and again at about 8 p.m.