Three Martinair pilots who were arrested in Argentina after a large amount of cocaine was found in their plane, have returned to the Netherlands. Last week the Argentinian judiciary announced that there was no reason to prosecute the pilots, but they had to stay in the country for several more days while all the formalities were settled, NOS reports.
The Dutch State is partly responsible for a plane crash in Faro in 1992 in which 57 people were killed and 106 seriously injured, the court in The Hague ruled on Wednesday. Survivors of the disaster and victims' relatives have been litigating against the State for years in an attempt to find out the causes of the disaster, AD reports.
The three Dutch who were hurt in a plane crash in South Africa on Tuesday are still in hospital, but it is expected that they will be released soon, a spokesperson for their employer Aviodrome said to NU.nl on Wednesday. All three sustained relatively minor injuries.
One person was killed when the Convair 340 from 1954 crashed in Pretoria on Tuesday afternoon. Around 20 people were injured.
A historical Martinair plane crashed in South Africa on Tuesday afternoon. One person was killed and around 20 were injured, according to local media. Three Dutch are among the injured. They work for Lelystad aviation museum Aviodrome, who the plane belongs to, according to newspaper AD.
The plane, a Convair 340 from 1954, took off from the Wonderboom airport in Pretoria around 4:30 p.m., almost immediately releasing clouds of smoke. The plane crashed a short time later. It hit a dairy farm, local residents say on Facebook.
On Thursday afternoon relatives, survivors and other interested parties will commemorate the 57 people killed in a Martainair plane crash in Faro, Portugal on December 21st, 1992. The gathering will happen in the Sint Jansbasiliek in Laren. This 24th commemoration will also be the last one, due to declining interest, Dagblad van het Noorden reports.
KLM Group transported nearly 2 million more passengers in the first half of 2017 than in the same period last year. The number of passengers increased by 11 percent to nearly 20 million, NU.nl reports.
The airline group includes KLM Cityhopper, Transavia and Martinair. The airline's capacity grew by 6 percent and the occupancy rate came out at 89.3 percent in June.
KLM subsidiary MartinAir is laying off 37 pilots. According to the company, the layoffs are inevitable because the pilots refused to agree to scaled down collective bargaining agreement and part-time work
Of the Martinair pilots under threat of layoff as part of the Air France-KLM reorganization, 185 are trying to force the parent company to reassign the pilots to KLM. The pilots believe that they are entitled to equivalent work at KLM with the budget slashed at their cargo airline, the Volkskrant reported this week.
Reorganization at Martinair Cargo, a freight division of Air France-KLM, will lead to the elimination of 330 filled jobs, the parent company announced at a Schiphol press conference on Monday.
KLM is not allowed to take on the pilots of subsidiary Martinair, decided the court in Amsterdam on Friday.
KLM management has invited the cabin crew unions, Thursday, to discuss the cuts the airline is planning on making. If the unions join the negotiations again, the fiercely criticized measures, announced by KLM last week, will go on hold for now, announced the company in a letter, that's in the possession of ANP.