Employees of KLM, Transavia, Martinair, and Schiphol protested on Tuesday at Schiphol and The Hague against plans of the government to reintroduce flight tax.
Due to a power outage in a data center at Schiphol some Dutch sites are inaccessible. The service interruption at Easynet company started this morning. It is unknown how many sites are affected.
An exercise at Schiphol airport on Thursday was aborted because someone was seen carrying a firearm.
Schiphol will be difficult to reach this weekend by train because work done by ProRail and the Department of Public Works (Rijkswaterstaat), will limit the traffic to and from the airport.
The works will begin Saturday at 1:00 am and last until Monday 5:00 am, announced Schiphol on Wednesday. The Dutch Railways will make use of busses to transport the travelers, but additional travel time, which can take up to an hour, should be taken into account.
Railroad traffic around Schiphol will be severely hampered this weekend by maintenance on the tracks. Travelers should expect fifteen minutes to an hour extra travel time.
An additional investment in the rail link between Schiphol and Lelystad will enable to let ride, every 10 minutes, an Intercity or Sprinter on the track from 2023.
State Secretary Wilma Mansveld (Railways)) agreed this on Wednesday with the regional authorities. For two extra tracks near Weesp, 126 million euro has been budgetized.
Cases against drug smugglers who are arrested at Schiphol will be handled through the new speedy trial method, starting September 1st.
Two women were arrested at Schiphol, trying to smuggle a large sum of money abroad. They had 300,000 euro in cash hidden in their underwear. This was reported by the Fiscal Intelligence and Investigation Service (FIOD) on Wednesday.
The women were on their way to Brazil and were caught during a security check. The IRS has confiscated the money. The smugglers have been arrested. Pending the investigation, the IRS will not disclose the nationality of the women. The two were arrested, among other, on suspicion of money laundering.
A new exhibition Chambres des Canaux: The Tolerant Home will open on November 1 until November 17 in different venues near the Amsterdam canals.
Friday will be the busiest day of the year at Schiphol. Around 178,000 travelers are expected to be at the airport. Many Dutch people go on holiday this weekend, but a lot of people also return from their holiday destination.
For Friday, Saturday and Sunday Schiphol expects a total of half a million passengers departing, arriving or transiting. The number of passengers on the busiest day is slightly higher than last year, when the counter stood at 177,000. In the months of July, August and September, the airport handled over 15 million people in 2012.
New electric buses from a Chinese manufacturer will roll onto Schiphol tarmac in about a year.
More and more travelers must first pay an outstanding fine at Schiphol before they can board the plane.
Strong winds caused a lot of problems on Thursday. In the provinces of North-Holland and Overijssel several trucks and trailers blew down.
Schiphol is again the best airport in the EU, for two years in a row now. The Dutch airport moved to the third place on the list of best airports in the world, one place higher than last year.