The Netherlands restarted talks with the United States on opening an American passport checkpoint at Schiphol airport, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice and Security confirmed to broadcaster NOS.
Schiphol can expand with takeoff and landing strips on the coast, residents living around the Amsterdam airport state in a report that will be handed to Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management on Tuesday. They hope that this report will prompt the minister to investigate alternatives to growing the airport in its current location, BNR reports.
The Tax Authority's investigation service FIOD is investigating fraud with construction invoices at Schiphol airport. Several employees and former employees of the airport and external companies working for Schiphol are suspected of involvement, NRC reports.
The Public Prosecution Service confirmed to the newspaper that an investigation was launched into "passive and active bribery" and involvement in forgery. Ten to 15 people are being questioned as suspects and witnesses, NRC writes based on anonymous sources.
After hurricane-force winds caused chaos at Schiphol on Thursday, the airport's flight schedule is getting back on track. Schiphol ended up canceling 320 flights on Thursday, on Friday 33 cancelations are reported.
Schiphol's website shows 21 canceled arrivals and 12 canceled departures for Friday. 14 departures are delayed at this stage. The arrivals is somewhat more of a mess, with 57 delays reported so far. A large number of flights also arrived earlier than scheduled.
A difficult Thursday rush hour was expected to cap an annoying work day for many in the Netherlands. Trouble on the railroad, confusion at the airport, and traffic jams were likely to continue well into the evening.
Schiphol announced that air traffic will gradually restart from around noon after all flights were suspended for 45 minutes due to hurricane strength winds.
Arrivals at Schiphol were expected to resume at 12:10 p.m., Eurocontrol said citing the strong winds. Arriving flights were put in a holding pattern beginning at 11:20 a.m. “Very high delays all afternoon”, the European air traffic control monitor stated.
Three people were hurt by falling pieces of ceiling at Schiphol Airport outside departure halls 1 and 2 on Thursday, a Schiphol employee confirmed to NOS. The pieces of ceiling were blown loose by hurricane strength winds.
Departure halls 1 and 2 were evacuated and are closed until further notice, according to the broadcaster. Passengers can check in at departure hall 3.
Hurricane-force winds in the Netherlands forced the shutdown of nearly all train service, all Schiphol air traffic, and several local tram services on Thursday. The NS made the decision to stop the trains as damage reports on the railways and at train stations kept coming in, the NS said.
A western storm drawing over the Netherlands today is causing increasing disruption to flight traffic. So far 268 flights scheduled to arrive or depart from Schiphol Airport have been canceled and there are numerous delays. "Please expect delays for departing flights of up to 30 minutes", the Amsterdam airport warns. "Our flight schedule will be disrupted for the rest of the day."
At this stage 81 departures from Schiphol are delayed. And delays are reported on 220 arrivals, including flights that already landed.
A western storm is set to hit the Netherlands this morning. A code orange weather warning for very strong winds is in effect for all provinces except the northern ones, where a code yellow warning is in place. Road users in Groningen are also warned to beware of icy roads. All forms of traffic will be affected by the storm, with canceled flights, fewer trains, and more traffic.
A full slate of train cancellations were announced on Thursday due to severe storms expected to hit the country. Crowded trains and longer travel times were likely to be a nuisance for many commuters, the national railway NS said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon, advising train riders to follow service updates online for the latest information.
A western storm will hit the Netherlands on Thursday, bringing with it strong winds. Gusts of up to 130 kilometers per hour are expected in the western coastal provinces. Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code orange weather warning for the whole country, starting at 10:00 a.m. and continuing through to 2:00 p.m. A code yellow warning is in effect for the rest of the day.
A massive 230 flights arriving at and departing from Schiphol Airport on Thursday have already been canceled in anticipation of a massive storm expected to hit the Netherlands. Delays are also expected throughout the day. Travelers are advised to keep an eye on Schiphol's or their airline's website for actual flight times.
A man and a woman were recently arrested at Schiphol airport separately from each other after returning from conflict areas in Syria and Iraq, the Public Prosecutor announced in a statement. Both are suspected of participating in a terrorist organization.
Relatives of MH17 victims can view the final footage of their loved ones, recorded by security cameras at Schiphol Airport, from this week. How many relatives will actually do so, is not yet clear. Though according to the Ministry of Justice and Security, there is "certainly" interest to do so, RTL Nieuws reports.
The main airports in the Netherlands recorded a significant raise in the number of travelers flying to and from the country. Last year, 68.4 million travelers flew from, to or via Schiphol, representing a rise of 7.7% relative to 2016. Meanwhile, the airport's largest airline, KLM, welcomed a record 32.7 million passengers aboard its 2017 flights.
Meteorological institute KNMI increased its storm warning for Wednesday from a code yellow to a code orange for the provinces of Noord-Holland, Flevoland, Friesland, and the Wadden islands. Very strong winds up to 130 kilometers are expected.
A code yellow warning is still in effect for the rest of the country.
The storm moving over the Netherlands on Wednesday already resulted in 150 canceled flights at Schiphol airport.
Schiphol canceled 75 arrivals and 75 departures. That is around 20 percent of the flights scheduled at the airport today, RTL Nieuws reports. KLM also canceled 104 flights.
Flight delays are also expected, and travelers are advised to check their flight status before leaving for the airport.
The first storm of the year is hitting the Netherlands today. A code yellow weather warning is in effect for the entire country. Meteorological institute KNMI warns of gusts of wind that can reach up to 110 kilometers per hour.
Some 59 flights scheduled to depart on Wednesday from Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport were cancelled with wind gusts expected to top 110 kilometers per hour that day. All departures were scheduled to take off between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m.
A further 59 arrivals, set to land on Wednesday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. were also scrapped.
The former Number 2 at the Justice Ministry, who is now employed as a Connexxion bus driver, Fred Teeven received an extraordinary passenger Tuesday morning. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte took a ride on Teeven's bus travelling between Hoofddorp and Schiphol.
A Flybe plane flying from Hamburg to Birmingham made an unscheduled landing at Schiphol airport on Sunday afternoon because of two misbehaving passengers, Het Parool reports.
The passengers behaved so badly that the pilot felt the safety of the flight was at risk and decided to make an unscheduled landing at the Amsterdam airport, a spokesperson for the Koninklijke Marechaussee - a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for airport security - said to the newspaper.
Bakkerij Klootwijk on Poolsterstaat in Rotterdam was named the bakery that makes the best oliebollen this year in AD's annual Oliebollen Test. "Even superlatives do not express the taste sufficiently. World class. A deep bow for the bakers team of Klootwijk", the AD testers write about the bakery's oliebollen.
The airports in the Netherlands have a record summer behind them. In total 22.2 million people traveled through the Dutch airports in the third quarter, an increase of 6.8 percent compared to the summer of 2016, Statistics Netherlands reported on Wednesday.