The Dutch government closed its airspace to all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft following the second major crash involving that model in less than four months, killing 346 people. The decision was made on Tuesday by Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, the country's Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, a spokesperson confirmed to NL Times.
A mechanic was arrested at Maastricht Aachen Airport after being caught working on airplanes while drunk. The mechanic, a 40-year-old from Russia, was fined 2,300 euros, the Koninklijke Marechaussee said on Facebook.
Ryanair refused an invitation from the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, to discuss safety and working conditions of aviation employees. No experts were invited, and the conversation is mainly aimed at nailing Ryanair to the pillory, the Irish budget airline said in a letter to the Parliamentary Committee for Infrastructure and Water Management, NOS reports.
The Netherlands is going to work for a better legal position for Dutch flight staff working for foreign airlines. The Dutch government teamed up with Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany and Luxembourg to tackle this problem together in Europe, NOS reports.
The people living around six Dutch airports joined forces to fight against what they consider the undesirable growth of aviation in the Netherlands. On Tuesday they established a national residents' council on aviation called LBBL, ANP reports.
A collision between an Air France plane flying from Paris to Amsterdam and an EgyptAir plane flying from Oostende to Cairo was narrowly avoided last year. The EgyptAir plane misunderstood air traffic control's instructions, resulting in the two planes flying only 4 seconds apart over Ghent on January 1st, 2017, according to an interim report from the Air Accident Investigation Unit, RTL Nieuws reports.
Dutch scientist Henk Hesselink believes that airports with circular runways are the future of aviation. His years long research shows that circular runways have many benefits, including that they are less noisy and more environmental friendly, he explained to NOS.
The government wants the Netherlands to be nearly CO2 emissions free by 2050, according to Economic Minister Henk Kamp's Energy Agenda. The Agenda contains a number of measures to reduce dependency on fossil fuels and encourage sustainable living. Environmental organizations call the plan unambitious, NU.nl reports.
Air France-KLM may give in to the French pilots' demand that the capacity growth within the airline cooperation be shared "more evenly", ANP reports. This would be detrimental to KLM, which is currently growing while Air France is shrinking, but new CEO Jean-Marc Janaillac is prepared to consider the demand.
Airline KLM is saying goodbye to its last Fokker 70 plane on October 29th next year, thereby putting an end to a 100 year period of Fokker planes in the KLM fleet
A group of 18 families, frustrated by the Netherlands’ slow pace at investigating the crash of flight MH17, are calling on Prime Minister Mark Rutte to pressure Russia, Ukraine, and the United States into releasing raw radar images taken on the day of the crash. They are angered that Russia vetoed a proposal last July to try suspects in the MH17 explosion at the International Criminal Court, and that it will still take another six months before the Netherlands decides how to proceed with a prosecution, if any is to take place.
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.
Air France-KLM joined the group of the five largest European airlines to lay out regulatory demands to the European Union. The airlines presented their demands as a part of a shared vision for a new EU aviation strategy.
The pilots of Lufthansa will go back on strike on Friday, reports the airline's website. All Friday flights from Amsterdam to Frankfurt and at least one flight to Munich are cancelled.
Civil airspace over eastern Ukraine should have been closed at least two months before a missile brought down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, aviation experts said this weekend. Pointing to the increased use of the airspace for warfare in the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, the analysts say it makes no sense the airspace was still open for civilian flights on July 17, 2014, when the Boeing 777 blew apart in the sky.
Eindhoven Airport is suffering with the fog, the Volkskrant reports quoting Reuters.