Parties in the Tweede Kamer are doubtful about whether the Dutch State's purchase of 750 million euros in Air France-KLM shares is having the promised effect. Coalition party D66 and opposition parties PvdA and PVV, among others, want Finance Minister Wopke Hoekstra to show how the government's purchase of these shares improved KLM's position in the airline combination, NOS reports.
KLM ground crew personnel at Schiphol will strike for the third time in two weeks on Wednesday afternoon. The Dutch airline canceled 12 European return flights as a precaution and expects that the strike will result in delays. Travelers are advised to keep an eye on current travel information through KLM's site.
KLM ground crew workers are on strike between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. this morning. During that time, KLM will take no hold baggage on board. The airline also canceled a total of 16 flights - nine departures and seven arrivals. All canceled flights are flights within Europe, according to flight information from Schiphol.
KLM ground crew employees will strike again on Wednesday, union FNV announced. Like Monday, they will not perform their duties between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.
On Monday, around 500 workers of the Dutch airline's ground crew went on strike. This resulted in KLM having to cancel a total of 67 flights, only 11 of which the airline announced in advance.
KLM canceled a total of 11 departures and 10 arrivals at Schiphol airport on Monday due to a strike by the Dutch airline's ground crew. All flights are within Europe.
The strike is happening between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. due to a conflict over a collective bargaining agreement. Union FNV wants an 8 percent wage increase over two years, a less flexible roster for ground crew, and for KLM to give more of its ground crew employees a permanent contract, according to NU.n. During negotiations, KLM did not agree to any of these demands.
The KLM staff who provide on-flight catering are performing labor actions on Thursday. This could have consequences for KLM passengers - flights may be delayed or have no food on board.
The labor actions involve staff of KLM Catering Services (KCS), a subsidiary of the airline. KCS employees are dissatisfied with the progress of a new collective bargaining agreement for the catering sector, which also covers them.
A new terminal at Schiphol airport that was planned to open in 2023, will only open in 2026 at the earliest, the Telegraaf reports based on an information document for contractors who want to tender for the project. The construction of this third terminal, which is meant to help Schiphol better handle the ever increasing number of passengers, involves billions of euros, according to the newspaper.
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.
KLM had to apologize for a tweet posted by KLM India on Wednesday. The tweet, posted on the 5th anniversary of the MH17 disaster, spoke about what seats you are most likely to die in if you're in a plane crash.
KLM is under fire over a recent tweet about the company's breastfeeding policy. According to the airline's policy, mothers are allowed to breastfeed their baby on board a flight, but can be asked to cover up if other passengers take offense. The tweet led to hundreds of predominantly negative reactions.
The amount of greenhouse gasses emitted by Dutch airlines increased significantly in the past five years. TUI Airlines Nederland saw its emissions increase by 74 percent, Corendon by 70 percent, Transavia by 33 percent, and KLM by 18 percent, NOS reports based on figures from the Dutch emissions authority NEa.
A misunderstanding seems to be the cause of a collision between an easyJet Airbus and a KLM Boeing at Schiphol on Tuesday. Air traffic control allowed both to leave the gate at the same time, after which they hit each other, according to sound recordings of the conversation between air traffic control and the KLM pilot, AD reports.
A KLM cargo plane lost a part of one of its wings above Zimbabwe on Monday. The wing flap came loose as the Boeing 747-400ERF was approaching the Robert Mugabe Airport in the capital of Harare, a KLM spokesperson confirmed to NH Nieuws. As far as is known, no one was hurt.
The plane, operated for KLM Cargo by subsidiary Martinair, was on its way from Johannesburg to Harare, according to Luchtvaartnieuws. The flap fell off above Chitungwiza, some 30 kilometers southeast of Harare and near the airport.
Two passenger planes collided at a gate at Schiphol Airport on Tuesday morning. The KLM and easyJet planes were damaged in the collision, but no one was injured. Schiphol reports that the accident does not yet have any consequences for the other air traffic at the airport, NU.nl reports.
The collision happened while the planes were busy with a pushback - pushing an aircraft away at a gate prior to departure, a Schiphol spokesperson said to the newspaper. How the accident happened is being investigated.
KLM stopped using Iranian airspace for the time being, the company announced on Friday. The measure has to do with an American drone being shot down by Iran at great height earlier this week. "Safety is the top priority for KLM", the Dutch airline said in a statement, NU.nl reports.
"We are closely following all developments that may be related to the safety of airspace 24/7 and we are organizing the operation in such a way that the safety of flights is guaranteed", KLM said. "The incident with the drone is reason for us to no longer fly over the area for the time being."
A nationwide public transit strike will cause major traffic problems on Tuesday, Dutch travelers' association ANWB warns. The strike is expected to bring almost all public transit across the Netherlands to a halt.
While a court ruled that some trains still have to run between Schiphol and Amsterdam during a nationwide public transit strike on Tuesday, the strike is still expected to cause chaos at the airport. NS hopes that the court-ordered shuttle service will prevent large groups of travelers getting stranded at the Amsterdam airport, but the Dutch rail company warns that it is definitely not sufficient for normal passenger numbers, the Telegraaf reports.
KLM passengers will soon have to pay to bring a suitcase on almost all KLM flights. After scrapping free checked baggage for flights within Europe and to the United States, the Dutch airline is now also implementing this measure for its other destinations, Luchtvaartnieuws reports.
Transavia Airlines and Eindhoven Airport both performed poorly on new global rankings by AirHelp. The site for helping travelers claim compensation from airlines ranked Transavia as the 65th best airline in the world, out of a list of 72. And Eindhoven Airport was ranked the 130th best airport in the world, out of 132 airports.
A KLM Boeing 737 landed at Schiphol airport with a broken engine on Sunday morning. The plane full of passengers came from Portugal. The cause of the broken engine is still unknown and is being investigated, a KLM spokesperson said to the Telegraaf.
"We are figuring it out", the spokesperson said to the newspaper. It is possible that a bird ended up in the engine, causing a fire. "The passengers were not in danger and there was no panic on board. The aircraft landed safely", according to the spokesperson.
A strange site crossed the sky of Amsterdam Centrum on Thursday afternoon, when a KLM passenger jet escorted by four F-16 fighter jets flew past Central Station at just 1,500 feet (457 meters). Though the fly-by was a scheduled event, it was kept as a closely-held secret, frightening many people who took to social media concerned about what they had seen.
KLM will stop selling tax-free products on board its flights during the course of the year. Sales on flights within Europe will stop on July 1st, and on intercontinental flights by the end of the year, NOS reports.
Sales are decreasing more and more and by stopping the sales cabin crew members can now "focus more on service to travelers", a KLM spokesperson said to the broadcaster. There will be experiments in selling products in a different way, but the spokesperson did not yet want to say what these will entail.
Rain combined with strong winds resulted in traffic jams being "a lot longer than usual" during rush hour on Monday morning, according to the ANWB. The weather is also affecting air traffic. KLM canceled 67 flights on Monday. And both the airline and Schiphol warn travelers to take delays into account.