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.
While busy Dutch airports like Schiphol, Eindhoven and Rotterdam are bursting at the seams, Groningen Airport Eelde can easily still handle thousands of more flights, according to Groningen Airport Eelde. The airport is therefore calling for a better and fairer distribution of air traffic in the country, NU.nl reports.
According to the airport, 1.7 million people live in the north of the Netherlands who annually account for 2.7 million passenger movements. Every day, five thousand people travel from the north to Schiphol to catch a flight.
Civil servants in the Ministries of Home Affairs and Justice and Security are no longer allowed to meet in large groups in some places in the office building due to unreliable floor construction. The employees working in the two towers on Turfmarkt in The Hague were informed that 'floor walkers' will supervise this ban on assembly, NRC reports.
A strike held by Transavia pilots at airports in the Netherlands ended at noon. Now the airline will focus on carrying out as many of the flights scheduled for Monday as possible, so that most passengers can still reach their destination today, Transavia CEO Mattijs ten Brink said according to ANP.
Transavia pilots can count on little support from the thousands of passengers affected by their strike on Monday. Social media is largely filled with complaints about the strike, and the timing thereof.
Transavia pilots are on strike until noon on Monday, resulting in around 30 Transavia flights being delayed or canceled - 18 from Schiphol, six from Rotterdam and six from Eindhoven Airport. Only departures are affected by the strike. Arrivals are still on schedule, NU.nl reports.
The strike actually started at midnight, but the first affected flight was only scheduled to depart around 6:00 a.m.
Dutch Transavia pilots are planning to strike in the second half of this month - during the February holidays. The approximately 500 Transavia pilots have been without a collective labor agreement for more than a year, and negotiations with the airline about better working conditions stalled on Friday, NOS reports.
"At the moment, a strike seems to be the only way to enforce our demands", the Dutch pilots' union VNV wrote on a flyer being handed out at Schiphol this week.
Over 76.2 million people traveled through the five large airports in the Netherlands last year, Statistics Netherlands announced on Wednesday. That is a significant increase compared to 2016, when 70.3 million travelers arrived or departed at Schiphol, Eindhoven Airport, Rotterdam The Hague Airport, Groningen Airport Eelde and Maastricht Aachen Airport.
Four out of the five large airports handled more passengers in each quarter of 2017 than a year earlier. Only Maastricht Aachen saw a decline.
Schiphol announced that air traffic will gradually restart from around noon after all flights were suspended for 45 minutes due to hurricane strength winds.
Arrivals at Schiphol were expected to resume at 12:10 p.m., Eurocontrol said citing the strong winds. Arriving flights were put in a holding pattern beginning at 11:20 a.m. “Very high delays all afternoon”, the European air traffic control monitor stated.
The main airports in the Netherlands recorded a significant raise in the number of travelers flying to and from the country. Last year, 68.4 million travelers flew from, to or via Schiphol, representing a rise of 7.7% relative to 2016. Meanwhile, the airport's largest airline, KLM, welcomed a record 32.7 million passengers aboard its 2017 flights.
The strike of regional public transportation workers in the Netherlands caused a great deal of problems for travellers on their way to and from the Eindhoven Airport. The strike had been announced on Jan. 2 by the labor unions CNV and FNV, though not everybody was prepared for Thursday's inconvenience.
Some 59 flights scheduled to depart on Wednesday from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport were cancelled with wind gusts expected to top 110 kilometers per hour that day. All departures were scheduled to take off between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.
A further 59 arrivals, set to land on Wednesday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. were also scrapped.
The airports in the Netherlands have a record summer behind them. In total 22.2 million people traveled through the Dutch airports in the third quarter, an increase of 6.8 percent compared to the summer of 2016, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.
The airports in the Netherlands are still struggling to catch up after heavy snowfall caused hundreds of flight cancellations and delays on Monday. Dozens of delays and cancellations have already been announced for Tuesday. Travelers are advised to check their flight status on the airport website, or with their airline, before leaving for the airport.
Meteorological institute KMNI issued a code red alert warning of extremely dangerous weather due to heavy snowfall in the Netherlands. The snow already resulted in the cancellation and delays of many flights at the Dutch airports. Passengers are advised to check their flight status before leaving for the airport, and take extra travel time to the airport into account.
A construction method used in a parking garage at Eindhoven Airport that collapsed earlier this year, was also used in between 100 and 150 other buildings spread throughout the Netherlands, Paul Rijpstra, chairman of the Netherlands Construction Association, said to RTL Nieuws. Each of these buildings will be carefully inspected in the coming months.
The Erasmus University in Rotterdam evacuated and temporarily closed the Polak building on Woudestein. According to the University, the safety of the building's floor can not be guaranteed.
The Ministry of Home Affairs wants Dutch municipalities to check buildings in their territory, to make sure their floors weren't constructed in the same way as that of the parking garage at Eindhoven Airport, which partially collapsed in May. Investigations into the collapse concluded that,
The partial collapse of a parking garage at Eindhoven Airport in May, was caused by a construction error, according to investigations carried out on behalf of Eindhoven Airport and construction company BAM. The floors of the parking garage, which was still under construction at the time of the collapse, were not strong enough, RTL Nieuws reports.
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.