The people living around six Dutch airports joined forces to fight against what they consider the undesirable growth of aviation in the Netherlands. On Tuesday they established a national residents' council on aviation called LBBL, ANP reports.
While busy Dutch airports like Schiphol, Eindhoven and Rotterdam are bursting at the seams, Groningen Airport Eelde can easily still handle thousands of more flights, according to Groningen Airport Eelde. The airport is therefore calling for a better and fairer distribution of air traffic in the country, NU.nl reports.
According to the airport, 1.7 million people live in the north of the Netherlands who annually account for 2.7 million passenger movements. Every day, five thousand people travel from the north to Schiphol to catch a flight.
Eight people fell ill for unknown reasons on board a Transavia flight from Schiphol to Antalya in Turkey on Sunday morning. The pilot made a precautionary landing in Vienna after people started fainting on board, NOS reports.
Passenger Hetty Roelofsen told NOS that the problems started when one passenger smelled something strange and fell ill. After that a total of eight people became unwell, spread over te plane.
A KLM flight from Schiphol to Kuala Lumpur had to make an unscheduled landing in Phuket on Tuesday after an overheating cellphone started smoking on board.
According to KLM, the plane was landed on the Thailand island - the closest airport at the time - as a precautionary measure. "At no time were passengers or crew in danger", the airline said in a statement.
A safety check was done, and the plane was released for departure shortly after the unscheduled stop. But due to compulsory crew work and rest times, the flight did not continue to Kuala Lumpur immediately.
In the coming years Schiphol will remain very crowded during the morning and evening peak-times. If the airport wants to grow further, it will have to do so outside peak times, because no more takeoffs and landings can be fit into the peak times, various Dutch news sources including Haarlems Dagblad, Noordhollands Dagblad and RTL Nieuws report.
Transferring holiday flights to Lelystad airport will not fix this problem, the newspapers write based on several studies carried out on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management.
Employees of baggage- and freight handlers Aviapartner, Menzies Aviation and Swissport will hold multiple short strikes throughout Thursday at Schiphol. While the strikes will be short, they may result in delays, AD reports.
A large power outage affecting parts of Amsterdam and Schiphol on Sunday also caused problems for chat service Telegram. Users across the world could not connect to the Telegram servers, NU.nl reports.
On Twitter Telegram reported that users in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and North Africa could have connection problems. The problem was resolved around 1:00 p.m.
Schiphol airport expects a busy day on Monday due to spillover from a power outage on Sunday, people leaving on May vacation, and travelers returning from a long King's Day weekend. This will mean long lines at check-ins and passport controls. The airport calls on travelers to check in online and arrive at the airport earlier.
In the discussion about the future of Schiphol airport, the importance of safety is "insufficiently weighed against the other interests that are involved with the airport", the Dutch Safety Board stressed in a press release on Wednesday, NOS reports.
Employees of baggage- and cargo handlers Aviapartner, Menzies Aviation and Swissport are performing labor actions at Schiphol Airport on Friday. According to trade union FNV, travelers can expect to get their luggage with delay, but will not miss their flight, Het Parool reports.
The employees of these baggage handling companies are protesting against too heavy work loads and lagging salary development. FNV recently gave the companies an ultimatum.
In today's protest employees will follow each instruction carefully, slowly and to the letter.
Schiphol is implementing a number of measures to help manage crowds at the airport during the upcoming May holidays. For example, the airport is deploying 20 percent more personnel than it did last year, NU.nl reports.
First responders at Schiphol Airport will soon be equipped with tourniquets that they will carry at all times. This precautionary measure is intended to prevent deaths through blood loss after an incident like an attack, a Schiphol spokesperson confirmed to ANP.
Tourniquets will form part of the standard uniform and equipment, in addition to defibrillators.
Schiphol has to transfer its unused flight slots from this past winter to the busy summer period, the court ruled in a lawsuit filed by airlines EasyJet, Corendon and TUI. This involves 2,700 takeoffs and landings, Het Parool reports.
The Dutch Safety Board launched an investigation into a near-miss between two planes at Schiphol airport last week. Two planes came dangerously close to hitting each other on Thursday. The safety board describes it as a "serious incident" on its website.
The pilot of a plane landing on runway 18C decided at the last moment not to land the plane after all and took it back into the air. Shortly before that another plane was given permission to take off on runway 24. "Because the extensions of both runways intersect, the planes came close together", the Safety Board writes.
People living around Schiphol are taking the airport to court. They want the court to force Schiphol to properly monitor noise pollution caused by air traffic, and for violations to be punished, a spokesperson for the Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate confirmed to NU.nl after reports in the Volkskrant.
Airlines Corendon, TUI and easyJet had Schiphol in court on Thursday to try and force the airport to transfer its 2,700 unused 'time slots' for the past winter to the busy summer season. If the airport doesn't do so, half a million Dutch tourists may have to change their summer plans, the airlines say, the Telegraaf reports.
A Boeing Dreamliner's leaking fuel tank grounded a TUI flight from Schiphol to the Dominican Republic and Jamaica early this year. The Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate launched an investigation, as this is not the first Dreamliner to have fuel tank problems, AD reports.
The incident happened on January 19th. Shortly before departure from Schiphol, it was discovered that the Dreamliner was dripping kerosene. The passengers were already on the plane, preparing for takeoff.
Former PvdA State Secretary Dick Benschop will be the new CEO of Royal Schiphol Group, the board of the airport confirmed in a press release on Monday. He will succeed Jos Nijhuis on May 1st, ANP reports.
Benschop, 60, currently works at Royal Dutch Shell. Between 1998 and 2002 he was State Secretary of Foreign Affairs in the Kok II government.
Entrepreneurs and residents living around Schiphol composed a proposal to expand the airport into the ocean. The North Sea still has plenty of space and noise will not cause any inconvenience there, according to the proposal. Such a 'sea runway' will bring relief to the entire Haarlemmermeer, the Telegraaf reports.
According to the proposal, an 'IJ-plain' should be constructed in the North Sea near IJmuiden for a new runway for Schiphol. It can eventually also be used to move other noisy runways, such as Buitenveldert and Aalsmeer, away from the airport.
Departing Schiphol CEO Jos Nijhuis is facing a storm of criticism from politicians after he said that his successor will be a man, otherwise Schiphol's board will have more women than men.
Schiphol CEO Jos Nijhuis will be succeeded by a man, Nijhuis said to the Volkskrant. The airport wants to employ a male CEO, rather than a woman, because otherwise there will be more women on the board than men.
A total of 178 flights were canceled at Schiphol Airport on Thursday due to strong winds. The airport reports 103 of cancelations for Friday, though whether these were caused by the weather is not clear.
So far 50 scheduled departures, and 53 arrivals are canceled at the airport. A number of flights are also delayed. Travelers are advised to check the Schiphol app or site, or with their airline, for actual flight information.
A power outage that hit airline KLM at Schiphol airport on Wednesday afternoon, resulted in dozens of canceled flights and delays. KLM canceled a total of 68 flights, 34 departures and 34 arrivals, the airline said in a statement. Delays lasted well into the evening.
The cancelations were all return flights with destinations within Europe. The power outage also affected KLM's service centers, which meant that the airline was temporarily unreachable by phone or online.