Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte travelled to Australia Thursday after meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak in Kuala Lumpur. He is meeting with Australian PM Tony Abbott. Discussions with both leading politicians are focused on the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which departed Amsterdam en route to Malaysia, but met with catastrophe in the skies over eastern Ukraine. Dutch casualties neared 200 in the July incident, and significant numbers of Malaysians and Australians were also on the flight that left 296 dead.
The following is the full text of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte's speech in Malaysia on November 5, 2014.
He is meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, before flying to Australia to sit with Prime Minister Tony Abbott. He will discuss the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which left from Amsterdam on July 17, but exploded in the sky over eastern Ukraine. The meetings will also touch upon international politics and relations, before Mr. Rutte is introduced to Dutch entrepreneurs in both countries, his office states.
The court will rule on November 12th in the case against the man who caused so much havoc on a plane at the end of 2012 that the captain had to make an unplanned landing.
The last commercial flight of the passenger aircraft McDonnell Douglas MD-11 landed at Schiphol on Sunday morning.
Eindhoven Airport is expanding step by step so that the airport will have 25 thousand extra flights by the year 2020.
At Schiphol there is a growing fear of the deadly Ebola disease among pilots, cabin crew and ground staff.
In a press release the City of Amsterdam announced that starting today all taxi services departing from Schiphol Airport will be taken over by taxi organizations BIOS-groep and BBF SchipholTaxi.
On Thursday morning Schiphol CEO Jos Nijhuis praised the "energy and commitment" with which departed colleague Camiel Eurlings of KLM gave substance to his position.
British budget airline EasyJet will offer six new destinations for passengers traveling from Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. The airline will likely take passengers between Amsterdam and 25 different locations when they open up their new base at Schiphol next spring.
Schiphol as made a start with the new central security controls, which will replace the check at the gate completely in 2015.
34 cars were seized and nearly 30 thousand euro cashed in during a collaboration between customs, the FOID and the tax authorities.
One month after Air France-KLM announced its intention to invest one billion euros into its budget subsidiary Transavia, French Secretary of State for Transport Alain Vidalies has announced the project's cancellation. The withdrawal comes in response to a sustained ten-day strike by Air France pilots, which stranded thousands of passengers as the airline suffered flight delays and cancellations.
Schiphol airport has started a complete rebuild of Lounge 2. The renovation will add 20 percent more shops and restaurants, and is expected to be complete in the Summer of 2015, RTV NH reports.
There is no evidence that the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was caused by technical faults or actions by the crew. Instead, there is clearer evidence that the plane disintegrated mid-air due to flying objects, the first official report into the tragic air crash states.
All works on the train tracks to and from Schiphol seems to have been finalized, and traffic to or from the airport is up and running again after copper theft last week left trains unable to use the tracks.
The arrival of a freighter plane at Schiphol airport on Sunday afternoon caused alarm bells to ring as it was thought that there might be an Ebola patient on board. One of the crew members suddenly became ill underway.
After trains traveling to Schiphol came to a near stand still on Thursday night, rail traffic to the Amsterdam airport has been cancelled throughout the weekend, and it is expected to remain significantly affected at least to Monday's evening rush hour. The trouble started when copper thieves cut through electricity wires, setting the wires alight and causing damage to the tracks.
Train traffic to Schiphol has come to a near stand still after copper thieves wreaked havoc on the track between the airport and stations at Amsterdam Zuid and Amsterdam Lelylaan. ProRail announced they may need all day to fix the damage, and the train schedule in the busy network is in chaos.
Schiphol airport reports a healthy growth in the number of passengers traveling through the airport. In the first half of this year, there was a four percent growth compared to the same period last year, with 25.7 million people coming through the airport.
Birdwatchers may do a bit of crossing out on their sightings list in the coming years, as a new technology has been developed that chases nuisance birds from airports and fields. Robot falcons and eagles - or Robobirds - which can be manually controlled, can offer new solutions to the excessive nuisance and danger that wild birds pose to the industrial landscape, De Volkskrant reports.
Dutch rail maintenance company ProRail is announcing some changes to the rail network in The Netherlands planned for 2015. The Dutch rail system is planned to improve with several large projects and some reorganizations, De Telegraaf reports.
In the Randstad, the train traffic network is very disrupted on Monday. Due to faults in signals, switches and electricity, traffic from and to Schiphol is almost at a standstill. The Algemeen Dagblad reports that it is unclear when this problem will be solved.
Malaysian victims of the MH17 plane crash in Ukraine arrived home Friday morning, and were received with a mourning ceremony 10 a.m. Malaysian time. The victims received the same respectful treatment as the Dutch victims in Eindhoven.