Schiphol airport was massively crowded over the weekend, and the same conditions are expected today. Airlines KLM and Transavia are advising passengers to arrive at the airport three hours before their flights, also for flights within Europe, if they want to avoid missing it. Schiphol advises travelers to listen to their airlines.
Dutch pastor Nico S. was arrested in Cambodia on Tuesday for paying underage boys to let him take nude photos of them. The Old Catholic Church of the Netherlands announced at a press conference previous knowledge of the suspect's sexual desire for young boys, something the church said S. discussed with the former bishop during his priesthood training 18 years ago.
The Dutch food and consumer product safety authority NVWA and Customs arrested a Chinese couple on Easter Monday for trying to smuggle 72 kilograms of live eels through Schiphol to China, the NVWA announced. The European eels were found in 36 plastic bags that were filled with water and hidden in six regular suitcases.
According to the NVWA, the eels have a street value of around 115 thousand euros in China. An official report was filed against the Chinese couple and they will have to appear in court in July.
Chinese giant pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya arrived safely in the Netherlands. After traveling nearly 8 thousand kilometers from Chengdu in China, they arrived at their new home in Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen just before midnight on Wednesday, NOS reports.
The two pandas are on loan from China. They will be living in Ouwehands Zoo for the next 15 years.
Giant Pandas Wu Wen and Xing Ya are aboard KLM flight KL0892 and en route from Chengdu in China to Schiphol Airport. They are expected to arrive at the Amsterdam airport just after 7:00 p.m., Het Parool reports.
After their arrival, the pandas will be transferred to an animal hotel at the airport, which is run by KLM. There they will be received by the Chinese ambassador to the Netherlands and 40 children. A selected group will be able to catch a quick glimpse of the pandas.
The Groningen Airport in Eelde was evacuated on Tuesday morning after an abandoned suitcase was noticed, a spokesperson for the Koninklijke Marechaussee confirmed to AD. After a sniffer dog, specially flown in from Schiphol, found nothing suspicious in the suitcase, the airport was released again.
A KLM flight about to depart from Schiphol to Lagos in Nigeria was the scene of an altercation when a man was brought aboard in handcuffs. According to Nigerian media, the cuffed man was a Nigerian about to be deported because he does not have the proper papers. Other Nigerians aboard the plane would not stand for the man being chained like a criminal, Naij.com reports.
Train traffic around Schiphol was halted for a short time on Thursday night while the Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested a woman who "uttered threats to train staff", RTL Nieuws reports. Train traffic took hours to get back on track.
According to the Koninklijke Marechaussee, a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for airport and border security, the woman threatened the train staff. There are also reports that she had a knife. What exactly happened is unclear.
There is a "very distinct possibility" that Ryanair will have to suspend flights from the United Kingdom for "weeks or months" if the UK and European Union can't make a bilateral international aviation deal well ahead of the Brexit taking effect, Ryanair CEO Neil Sorahan told the Guardian.
A 30-year-old Russian wanted in Belgium for murder was caught at Schiphol airport. The Koninklijke Marechaussee arrested him on Wednesday, AD reports.
The Russian man was caught while sitting in a car outside the airport. The Koninklijke Marechaussee - a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for airport security - decided to check the man because they found it suspicious that he was lingering outside of the airport for so long.
Schiphol Airport can not continue to grow responsibly without taking drastic measures to ensure safety, the Dutch Safety Board said in a report on safety at the Netherlands' largest airport on Thursday. "The boundaries of safe handing of air traffic are approaching", the board concludes, AD reports.
With the opening of a new, temporary departure hall on Wednesday, Schiphol hopes to avoid chaos with the ever increasing number of passengers this summer. But despite this measure, the airport will remain crowded, CEO Jos Nijhuis warned. The number of passengers is growing rapidly and Schiphol is actually ill-equipped to handle it, he said to NOS.
Dutch pilots union VNV and union FNV is calling for a European blacklist for passengers who cause serious problems on flights. According to a report by the Environment and Transport Inspectorate, the number of reports of misbehaving passengers increased by 262 to 985 in 2016, the Telegraaf reports.
Fourteen of the incidents last year had a direct impact on a flight and in three cases the plane had to change course or return. There were incidents involving drunk young people urinating in the cabin and having sex on board the plane, according to the newspaper.
Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat opened four of Schiphol tunnel's six lanes for Friday morning rush hour. Schiphol Airport can now also be reached directly via a turn immediately after the tunnel, NOS reports.
The Schiphol tunnel is partially open to motorists again after being completely closed since Monday afternoon. Two lanes will be open during rush hour for motorists who want to take the A4 from Amsterdam, the Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat announced on Wednesday morning, AD reports.
The portion of the southbound A4 expressway that travels through the Schiphol Tunnel will remain closed at least through the evening rush hour period, and possibly into Wednesday, Dutch public works department Rijkswaterstaat announced Tuesday afternoon. The decision was made when engineers were unable to restart exhaust fans in the tunnel during safety testing.
The entire Schiphol tunnel from Amsterdam (A4) to The Hague is still closed on Tuesday morning following a fire on Monday afternoon. Traffic information service ANWB calls on motorists to avoid Amsterdam during rush hour and to travel to the airport by train, AD reports.
Schiphol added ten new routes to its summer schedule. Passengers flying from Schiphol airport can now choose from nearly 200 European destinations and over 100 intercontinental destinations, the airport announced, Up In The Sky reports.
The number of flights to several already existing Schiphol destinations was also increased for summer. The summer schedule is in place from March 27th to October 28th.
The 10 new destinations are:
A 21-year-old Ukrainian man was fined 500 euros on Monday for flying a drone in Schiphol's departure hall, the police announced in a statement.
The young man wanted to make a film of his family and friends just before his departure, according to the police. He did not realize that it is illegal in the Netherlands to fly a drone in controlled airspace. Doing so could put air traffic in serious danger.
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.
Dutch man Len van Heest, who was deported form Canada on Monday after living there all 59 years of his life, arrived at Schiphol around 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday. He was met by the Salvation Army and a cousin, who will help him find his way in the Netherlands, AD reports.
Nearly three-quarters of the total 217 thousand noise complaints about Schiphol Airport last year were made by only 35 people. These so-called constant complainers together submitted 158 thousand complaints, according to figures from the Local Community Contact Center Schiphol, ANP reports.
A total of over 5,900 local residents filed noise complaints about Schiphol last year, an increase of 8.5 percent compared to 2015. The number of constant complainers remained the same.
Two people were run over by a car on the A10 towards Schiphol on Sunday night around midnight. A woman was killed and a man was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, AD reports.
According to the newspaper, the woman and man were quarreling and got out of their car on the emergency lane between Amsterdam Oud-Zuid and De Nieuwe Meer. They ran over the highway and were hit by an oncoming car. What they were fighting about is unclear. It is believed that the two were husband and wife, though this has not yet been confirmed.