Pieter Elbers, CEO of KLM, wants to have a "mature discussion" about the possibilities of capacity growth at Schiphol in the coming years. As things stand now, Schiphol will reach its 2020 flight movement limit of 500 thousand a year by next year, meaning that the airport can't grow at all for two years, according to him. "You have to seriously question whether that is wise", Elbers said to Het Parool.
In a massive action against the illegal trade in animals and plants, the Dutch government seized a huge amount of illegal products over the past months. Among the items seized were 14 thousand dead seahorses, three elephant legs, a polar bear skin, and 77 kilos of scales from the very endangered African ant eater, the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality announced.
In a new experiment to manage holiday crowds, Schiphol is allowing travelers to go through security checks by appointment for the next two weeks. Travelers who made an appointment will receive a Personal Security Pass and can then go directly to their security check, without waiting in line, ANP reports.
Schiphol managed to fix a major technical fault with its air traffic control systems late on Tuesday afternoons, though the disruption to air traffic lasted well into the night. For hours hardly any flights could take off or land A total of 208 flights had to be canceled, RTL Nieuws reports.
KLM canceled 80 flights and airlines including Easyjet, Ryanair and British Airways also suffered under cancelations and delays.
Technical problems with air traffic control in Amsterdam has led to "very high delays" at Schiphol Airport, according to the European Organisation for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol). Air Traffic Control at the airport "is still experiencing system problems and is currently working on a solution," Schiphol tweeted just before 3 p.m. on Tuesday.
Most flights scheduled to fly to Amsterdam were held at their departure airports while the issue was being dealt with, flight information website Flightradar24 reported
Schiphol Airport is getting very close to its maximum flight limit of 500 thousand flight movements per year until 2020. The expectation was that the Amsterdam airport would handle 492,100 flights this year. By the end of October, there were already 422,285 flights, four percent more than in the same period last year. If that trend continues, Schiphol will handle 498 thousand flights by the end of this year, RTL Nieuws reports based on figures from Schiphol Airport.
Safety measures at Schiphol Airport are insufficient to cope with the limitation of noise pollution and the growth of the airport, according to a letter Dutch pilots' association VNV sent to the Tweede Kamer on Wednesday, NOS reports.
A fractured securing bracket and several inadequate bolts and screws caused a fuselage panel to fly off a KLM aircraft shortly after takeoff, the Japanese Transportation Safety Board said on Friday. While climbing over Osaka, an upper fuselage panel fell off the plane striking a vehicle on the ground. There were no injuries in the incident.
The accident took place on Sept. 23 not long after KLM flight 868 departed Osaka Kansai airport in Japan at 10:26 a.m. The 14-year-old Boeing 777 safely landed in Amsterdam the same day at 3:01 p.m. local time.
ProRail will rebuild and revamp large parts of Amsterdam Central Station, Amsterdam Amstel Station and Schiphol Station in the coming years, a spokesperson for ProRail confirmed to NU.nl after reports in the Telegraaf. This is necessary to accommodate the new 10-minute train schedule ProRail and NS plan to implement.
Three KLM planes were hit by lightning shortly after taking off from Schiphol on Sunday afternoon. One plane had to return to the Amsterdam airport for inspection, NOS reports.
Flight KL1175 was on its way from Schiphol to Trondheim in Norway when lightning struck it. The plain turned around over the North Sea and flew back to Schiphol to be inspected. The safety of passengers and crew was not in danger, a KLM spokesperson said to the broadcaster.
The government is giving Russian cargo airline AirBridgeCargo (ABC) more takeoff and landing times at Schiphol after Russia threatened to closed its airspace to Dutch planes, NRC reports.
Slot coordinator at Schiphol, Caroline Ditvoorst, told NRC that she is worried this is setting a bad example, and that other countries will now also try to extort the Netherlands into giving them more room at the airport.
Russia is threatening to close its airspace to Dutch companies after Schiphol reduced the the landing spots for Russian airline AirBridgeCargo (ABC), the Telegraaf reports based on a conversation with Dutch ABC manager Henk-Jan van Keulen. Schiphol reduced the landing spots to reduce the number of flight movements at the airport, according to the newspaper.
Van Keulen told the newspaper that he hopes a solution will be found.
With a flight from London to Amsterdam, Dutch airline KLM said its final goodbyes to the Fokker 70 plane. The last KLM flight with a Fokker 70 landed on Schiphol airport around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday. And on Sunday a Fokker monument was unveiled at Schiphol Oost.
KLM decided to part with the Fokker planes because their maintenance became too expensive, NOS reports. The planes were discontinued in 1996, making it difficult to find parts. Over the past years, KLM still flew with seven Fokker planes.
State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment is having the environmental impact assessment (MER) of Schiphol Airport re-examined, she announced in a letter sent to the airport and the Environmental Council, NOS reports. The report was set to be sent to the Environmental Council earlier this week, but that was postponed because the Ministry has questions about the calculations.
KLM and other airlines scrapped a number of flights from Schiphol airport to Ireland and back for Monday. Hurricane Ophelia is expected to hit Ireland during the course of Monday morning.
Dutch airline KLM canceled a total of five flights between Schiphol Dublin and between Schiphol and Belfast. The airline will reassess the situation during the course of Monday and see if any further changes to the schedule are necessary. At this time all flights to Scotland are still going through as planned.
Schiphol is preparing for a busy time during the upcoming autumn holiday. Around 3 million people will travel through Schiphol in the coming days, 6 percent more than the autumn holiday of last year. The airport is taking additional measures to make traveling through Schiphol as pleasant as possible, ANP reports.
Schiphol and KLM promised consumer and market authority ACM that they will no longer discuss other airlines' growth opportunities at the airport. After four years of investigation, ACM concluded that Schiphol and KLM didn't break any competition rules, but the authority still ordered them to stop this practice, RTL Nieuws reports.
A young Dutch man made world news this week after a woman from Britain accused him in British media of luring her to Amsterdam simply to pull a prank on her. 21-year-old Jesse Mateman from Doetinchem denies that this is what happened. "She made it up", he said to Metro.
The Netherlands is full of possibilities for a hyperloop test track, but Flevoland is the most suitable location, Minister Melanie Schultz van Haegen wrote to the Tweede Kamer. She asked TNO to investigate the economic and social usefulness and the feasibility of testing the hyperloop in the Netherlands, and eventually building a permanent track, ANP reports.
Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam must immediately start working on improving its infrastructure on the ground, KLM CEO Peter Elbers said to the Telegraaf. "There is still a shortage of parking positions, taxiways and Marechaussee officers. Security passages also need to be broadened", Elbers said.
"I notice that there is a lot of attention to issues that only surfaced over the past years, such as the new terminal. But let's not forget that much needs to be done in the short term", the KLM CEO said to the newspaper.
Travelers around the world seem to be having trouble checking in for flights on Thursday. Air France, KLM, British Airways, Qantas, Vueling and a number of American airlines are among those reporting problems, AD reports.
The trouble started around 11:30 a.m., Dutch time. Exactly what the problem is, is not yet clear. Though it may stem from a network failure at Amadeus Altea - an aviation service provider that provides the flight booking system for around 125 airlines. Amadeus announced that its systems will be restarted as soon as possible.
Two flights between Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and Dublin are among the 56 flights Ryanair canceled on Monday. On Saturday the Irish budget airline announced that it is canceling between 40 and 50 flights every day for the next six weeks because it "messed up in the planning of pilot holidays", according to a statement on Facebook. Hundreds of furious travelers took to social media to complain about the airline.
Travelers flying from Schiphol on a KLM flight today, can expect delays. The airline's cabin crew members are performing labor actions on Friday to protest against KLM's decision to reduce the number of flight attendants on some long flights. Cabin crew members taking part in the actions - members of union VNC - will strike for an hour before each flight. The actions take place between 5:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m., RTL Nieuws reports.
The first autumn storm to hit the Netherlands this season, is starting to take its toll across the country. Schiphol had to close down a number of runways due to the strong winds. The A13 highway between Delft and Rotterdam was closed for a time after a tree fell on a car. And NS is running fewer trains on a number of routes.