Schiphol opened its doors for too many airlines and that is why the airport is now nearing its limit in flight movements, according to airline KLM. That means that KLM can no longer grow at the airport and that is bad for the economy, KLM CEO Pieter Elbers said to newspaper AD on Wednesday.
Schiphol airport processed a record number of 63.6 million passengers last year, 9 percent more than in 2015, Schiphol Group announced. The number of flight movements increased by more than 6 percent to 479 thousand flights. If this growth rate continues, Schiphol will exceed its maximum number of allowed flights before the end of the year, ANP reports.
Up until 2020 Schiphol is only allowed 500 thousand flight movements a year.
With terrorist threats, a centennial celebration, strikes and a 9.1 percent increase in passengers, Schiphol airport has a very busy year behind it. And 2017 will be even busier, CEO Jos Nijhuis expects. But the number of Koninklijke Marechaussee officers responsible for safety at the airport did not grow with the busyness of Schiphol. According to Nijhuis, the airport needs between 400 and 500 extra Marechaussee officers, he said to the Financieele Dagblad on Monday.
Friday is turning out to be a cold day for the Netherlands, with afternoon temperatures expected to range between freezing and -2 degrees. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning, warning motorists to be careful of slick, icy roads across the country.
The icy weather will continue on through Saturday. The western parts of the country will have some snow on Friday night, and it will spread to the eastern parts of the country during the night. The conditions on the roads is expected to be worse on Saturday morning.
A 14-year-old boy was arrested at Schiphol airport on Wednesday night for having a taser and a bag of fake money on his person, the Koninklijke Marechaussee announced on their Facebook page.
The Koninklijke Marechaussee is a policing force that works as a part of the Dutch army. It is responsible for border security, including security at airports.
According to the Marechaussee, customs officers found a flashlight on the boy which turned out to be a taser. They called in the Marechaussee, who arrested the boy and found 51 fake 50 euro notes on him.
A young British man was found dead on railway track between Schiphol airport and Amsterdam on Monday, according to British newspapers The Sun and ECHO. The victim, Michael Moran from Liverpool, was reported missing the day before.
A spokesperson for the Dutch police confirmed to Liverpool Echo that a body was found on the railway on Monday and that it was the body of a Brit who was missing since the day before. The spokesperson said it was "more than likely" that the man had been hit by a train. His death is under investigation.
For the third consecutive day flights are being delayed and canceled at Schiphol airport due to thick fog causing visibility problems. A spokesperson could not give exact numbers, but told NU.nl that dozens of flights will be canceled today.
"A day of nuisance" is expected. "However, the outlook is somewhat better, but it remains to be seen", the spokesperson said. Around 10:00 a.m. the average delay for inbound and outbound flights was at over an hour.
For the third day in a row meteorological institute KNMI issued a weather warning for slick roads and reduced visibility due to fog. The warning covers the entire Netherlands. "Adjust speed and keep a sufficient following distance", the KNMI warns. "Follow weather reports and warnings."
According to the KNMI, in some places visibility will be reduced to less than 200 meters. Local roads in particular may be icy and slick, as gritters don't always reach them.
The longest delayed flight of 2016 was a TUIfly flight from Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic to Schiphol. The flight was delayd for 43 hours and 19 minutes, EUClaim - a company that assists aggrieved passangers - announced on Thursday, ANP reports.
The delay started with a technical fault on the original aircraft. The replacement plane from HiFly then crashed into a passenger bridge, which means that another replacement plane had to be sent. This took so long that the flight crew needed to be given time to rest before the flight could begin.
Thick fog and icy roads will make for difficult driving conditions throughout the Netherlands on Thursday morning. Meteorological institute issued a code yellow warning for almost the entire country, warning of visibility of less than 100 meters in some places.
Both fog and iciness should dissipate during the course of the morning. The weather warning is in effect until noon. "Adjust your driving behavior. Follow weather reports and warnings", the meteorological institute warns.
Foggy weather on Wednesday morning could mean delays for flights to and from Schiphol, the airport said on Twitter. "Visibility and airport capacity are expected to remain reduced during the day", Schiphol wrote.
Along with a few small train stations in Zeeland, the NS station at Schiphol is on the bottom of the list of reliable train stations in the Netherlands, according to a ranking compiled by RTL Nieuws and the website Vertraagd.com. One in eight trains to and from Schiphol station are delayed, and 1 in 25 never even reach their destination.
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.
Mayor Theo Weterings of Haarlemmermeer wants to ban all taxis at Schiphol who do not have a permit to use the special taxi strip, he announced on Wednesday. He also wants to work with all involved parties to find ways to prevent so-called taxi recruiters from working at the airport in the future, NU.nl reports.
Union FNV is very concerned about the large number of temporary workers at Schiphol's passenger and cargo security. The "huge carousel of temporary workers", and its accompanying high staff turnover, has consequences for the employees, but also for security at the airport, the union writes in a report published on Wednesday, the Telegraaf reports.
Anti-Islam party leader Geert Wilders was found guilty of inciting discrimination and insulting a race of people during a campaign speech on March 19, 2014. In issuing its ruling, judges at the maximum security court near Schiphol Airport said the populist politician's rhetoric did not fall within his rights to free speech.
The construction of the national MH17 memorial starts in Vijfhuizen, near Schiphol airport today. The memorial will consists of a forest of 298 trees, one for each person who died when the Malaysia Airlines flight was shot down, as well as the National Monument for the victims, NOS reports.
The plans for expanding Lelystad Airport have been significantly delayed. The first commercial aircraft will, at the earlierst, depart from the airport somehere in 2019, instead of April 2018 as initially planned, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure wrote to parliament on Tuesday, ANP reports.
Autumn weather and leaves on the tracks resulted in fewer trains traveling between Nijmegen and Schiphol and between The Hague and Utrecht on Thursday, NS reports.
There will be a train on these routes every 30 minutes, instead of the normal schedule of every 15 minutes. Travelers should take extra trael time of around 15 minutes into account. They also may have to switch trains more often. NS thinks the delays will last until 9:30 p.m. on Thursday.
Slick railway tracks caused by fallen leaves and rain resulted in fewer trains traveling on the busy routes between Nijmegen and Schiphol and between Den Haag Central and Utrecht Central, NS warns. Delays can be up to 15 minutes per journey.
Trains with damaged wheels can not travel on slick tracks, according to Het Parool. Damaged wheels skid on slick tracks when a train tries to brake and can lead to significant damage.
A number of flights from Schiphol to Munich and Frankfurt, and vice versa, were cancelled on Wednesday morning due to a strike by pilots working for German airline Lufthansa. The two day long strike is expected to cause quite a mess for the airline, with 876 flights already cancelled, Het Parool reports.
A TUI plane hit boarding bridge at Schiphol Airport on Monday. No one was injured, but it did cause significant delays for the over 250 people on board the Airbus A340-300, accordnig to the Telegraaf. .
The Dutch Safety Board launched an exploratory investigation into the incident. The passenger plane hit te bridge with an engine. "At that time there were no people on that bridge", a spoesperson said to the newspaper. Only material damage was done.
Train traffic between Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam was halted for some time on Monday due to fire alarms. The alarms turned out to be false and train traffic is now slowly resuming, though travelers still have to take delays into account, according to NS.
"There were two reports of smoke In the tunnel and on platform three", a spokesperson for the safety office said to NU.nl. "Our hypothesis is that the smoke came from a braking train."
Scheduled train service between Amsterdam and Schiphol airport will not take place this weekend due to maintenance work on the railroad. Travelers will instead be transported by bus to and from the airport, which should take an extra 15 to 30 minutes, the Dutch railway NS stated on its website.
The service interruption is part of a long-term plan to build additional tracks and overpasses so more trains can service the airport from the capital city, railway maintenace firm ProRail said on its website.