King Willem-Alexander and Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations arrived on Sint Maarten on Monday afternoon, local time. They landed on a battered Princess Juliana International Airport, where they were immediately faced with the devastation Hurricane Irma left in its wake.
The first plane carrying evacuees from Sint Maarten is on its way back to the Netherlands. The air force KDC-10 plane is expected to land at Eindhoven air base at around 3:30 p.m., Omroep Brabant reports. The evacuees were previously only taken as far as Curacao.
As of January 1st next year, all airports in the Schiphol Group will run entirely on sustainable energy generated in the Netherlands. The airport company signed a long-term agreement to this effect with electricity provider Eneco, ANP reports.
The Schiphol group covers the airports Schiphol, Eindhoven, Rotterdam and Lelystad. Together the airports use about 200 gigawatt hours of power every year. That's comparable to the consumption of 60 thousand households.
If go-slow actions at the airports in Eindhoven and Rotterdam this week don't push the Ministry of Defense to come up with a better collective agreement for Koninklijke Marechaussee officers, labor actions at Schiphol airport may be the next step, the Marechaussee unions announced, Het Parool reports.
Travelers departing from the airports in Eindhoven and Schiphol today may face longer lines at the passport checks due to labor actions by the Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for border protection, including at airports and harbors.
The joint unions of Defense personnel are planning labor actions twice this week. Friday's action may result in longer than usual queues at the airports in Eindhoven and Rotterdam, ANP reports.
On Friday the Koninklijke Marechaussee will perform extra strict and thorough passport checks at these airports. This may cause longer queues and extra inconvenience for passengers. The Koninklijke Marechaussee is a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for border security, including at airports and harbors.
Flights to and from Eindhoven Airport were halted for a short time on Monday afternoon after the air traffic control tower had to be evacuated due to a strange smell, AD reports.
Personnel in the tower started suffering from respiratory irritation and noticed a strange smell. The fire department was called in to take measurements. The tower was evacuated as a precaution.
The fire department found nothing dangerous and the personnel could return to their posts.
Ryanair planned to grow with new routes at Eindhoven Airport this fall, but the Dutch government won't give the Irish budget airline additional takeoff and landing slots, according to the airline, ANP reports.
Ryanair is therefore forced to completely scrap three of its planned connections and move three other routes to Germany. And flights from Eindhoven to six other destinations are flown less frequently than originally intended.
An investigation into why a new parking garage at Eindhoven Airport collapsed on Saturday could take months, according to Eindhovens Dagblad. According to airport director Joost Meijs, the main priority is restoring the traffic flow to the airport. "Airport is accessible, but it is much more complicated." he said to the newspaper on Sunday. He couldn't say anything about the cause of te collapse, calling named causes "pure speculation".
The Brabant faction of political party CDA joined the call for a intercity train station at the rapidly growing Eindhoven Airport. According to the party, the train station would not only improve accessibility to the airport, but also to the larger region around it, Omroep Brabant reports.
Last year Dutch airports broke the 70 million mark in passengers transported for the first time, compared to 64.6 million passengers in 2015. Schiphol Airport accounted for the bulk of these passengers, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday.
Many Dutch traveling to and from work will be able to cast their votes in the parliamentary elections en route. A record number of polling stations were set up at train stations, thanks to a joint effort by NS, ProRail and the municipalities. There are also various polling stations at airports, for Dutch traveling abroad, including at Schiphol and Eindhoven Airport.
In the third quarter of this year, Schiphol and Eindhoven airport both accommodated a record number of passengers, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released. At Schiphol 18.6 million passengers crossed the floor, an 8 percent increase compared to the same quarter last year. Eindhoven had 1.5 million passengers, a 15 percent increase.
According to Statistics Netherlands, these two Dutch airports have seen an increase in passenger each quarter for the past six years.
Several hundred passengers were evacuated from Eindhoven Airport on Tuesday morning after the discovery of an unattended bag. Dogs trained to sniff out explosives were deployed. The bag contained nothing suspicious and the airport was opened again, AD reports.
The evacuation did lead to delays for football team PSV, who was scheduled to travel to Madrid for a Champons League match against Atletico Madrid. Their plane was scheduled for departure 15 minutes after the evacuation ocurred.
The fathers of missing Dutch teens Femke Lucas and Sam Bruijs are in Spain helping the local authorties look for their daughters. There are now indications that the two 16-year-old girls are no longer in Malaga, but in Marbella, some 60 km away, Omroep Brabant reports based on information from a spokesperson for the famiies.
Two 16-year-old Dutch girls have been missing since Tuesday. The authorities believe that Femke Lucas and Sam Bruijs from Bergen op Zoom took a bus to Eindhoven Airport on Tuesday and then flew to Malaga in southern Spain. They were last seen there on surveillance camera footage, Omroep Brabant reports.
Why the two girls suddenly decided to go to Spain remains a mystery, for the police and their families. At this stage the police believe that the two aren't in any trouble, but they are taking the matter seriously.
A British fugitive was arrested in Amsterdam on Tuesday and handed over to the Koninklijke Marechaussee at Eindhoven airport, who sees him as a suspect in an ongoing drug trafficking investigation. The 27-year-old Brit is wanted for violation of the Opium and Firearms Acts, the police said in a statement.
Four people - a married couple from Sittard and a mother and daughter from Schiedam - were arrested at Eindhoven Airport on August 5th on suspicion of drug trafficking, presumably to Denmark, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday.
A couple from Etten-Leur was arrested at Eindhoven airport on Tuesday afternoon on suspicion of money laundering, the police said in a statement on their website. The 51-year-old man is a "prominent member of outlaw motorcycle gang Satudarah", according to the police.
A 66 year old man from Vlissingen was arrested on Monday after claiming to have a bomb at a security check at Eindhoven airport, the Koninklijke Marechaussee reports on Facebook.
"Necessary security measures" are being taken on all Dutch airports following attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning. The Ministerial Committee for Crisis Management is holding an emergency meeting in The Hague on the situation. Prime Minster Mark Rutte as well as Dick Schoof, the national counterterrorism coordinator, will attend the meeting.
Travelers arriving or departing from Schiphol on Monday can expect delays and cancellations caused by air traffic controllers striking in France
Air traffic at Eindhoven Airport was brought to a standstill on Wednesday morning due to an incident on the runway. A business airplane's tire blew out around 8:00 a.m. Air traffic was only restarted around 11:45 a.m.
Eindhoven Airport is building a new baggage hall to compensate for the growth anticipated at the airport. In October last year the airport was given the green-light to increase the number of flights to 43 thousand a year.