As a national one-day public transit strike was almost halfway finished in the Netherlands, traffic was already beginning to pile up on highways in the Netherlands from 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Drivers jammed up nearly 450 kilometers of highways by 4:45 p.m., up from roughly 300 kilometers of traffic jams 40 minutes earlier, according to travelers' association ANWB.
The public transit strike left train stations throughout the Netherlands largely deserted on Tuesday morning. People gathered in the stations were largely tourists who did not know about the strike.
Tourists Rachel, Angie, and Acqua were caught by surprise when they arrived at Amsterdam Central Station. They have a hotel booked in Rotterdam. A volunteer from Red Cross explained the strike to them.
A total of 82 flights at Schiphol airport were canceled on Tuesday due to a nationwide public transit strike. "Travelers have to check with their airline if their flight is affected", a spokesperson for the airport said to NH Nieuws.
Due to a nationwide public transit strike in the Netherlands on Tuesday, Dutch had to make alternative arrangements to get to work, school or university. Schiphol CEO Dick Benschop decided to spend the night at the airport, instead of risking not being able to reach it on Tuesday.
While the nationwide public transit strike is annoying to most people, taxi drivers are smiling all the way. "Such a public transit strike can happen more often, according to us", a taxi driver at Amsterdam Central Station said to NOS. He expects a busy day. "We will see how many people we can help today."
A nationwide public transit strike means that more people are taking the car to work on Tuesday and an extremely busy morning rush hour is expected. By 7:30 a.m. there were already 300 kilometers of traffic jams on Dutch roads. "It is twice as busy on the roads as usual around this time", the ANWB said, NU.nl reports.
A nationwide public transit strike will cause major traffic problems on Tuesday, Dutch travelers' association ANWB warns. The strike is expected to bring almost all public transit across the Netherlands to a halt.
While a court ruled that some trains still have to run between Schiphol and Amsterdam during a nationwide public transit strike on Tuesday, the strike is still expected to cause chaos at the airport. NS hopes that the court-ordered shuttle service will prevent large groups of travelers getting stranded at the Amsterdam airport, but the Dutch rail company warns that it is definitely not sufficient for normal passenger numbers, the Telegraaf reports.
Trains must continue to take passengers to and from Schiphol Airport during a national public transit strike scheduled for Tuesday, a court in the Netherlands ruled on Sunday. Though buses, subways and trams will grind to a halt, the transportation unions were ordered to ensure that at least four trains per hour will run each way between Amsterdam Centraal and Schiphol.
Transavia Airlines and Eindhoven Airport both performed poorly on new global rankings by AirHelp. The site for helping travelers claim compensation from airlines ranked Transavia as the 65th best airline in the world, out of a list of 72. And Eindhoven Airport was ranked the 130th best airport in the world, out of 132 airports.
A KLM Boeing 737 landed at Schiphol airport with a broken engine on Sunday morning. The plane full of passengers came from Portugal. The cause of the broken engine is still unknown and is being investigated, a KLM spokesperson said to the Telegraaf.
"We are figuring it out", the spokesperson said to the newspaper. It is possible that a bird ended up in the engine, causing a fire. "The passengers were not in danger and there was no panic on board. The aircraft landed safely", according to the spokesperson.
Schiphol will also commemorate the victims of the Second World War on Remembrance Day on Saturday. Between 7:30 p.m. and 8:03 p.m. - during the National Commemoration in Amsterdam - air traffic control will prohibit all pilots from starting the engine of their aircraft, the Telegraaf reports.
A majority in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, want the number of night flights at Schiphol to be reduced. Some parties even want night flights to be scrapped completely. The Kamer will discuss aviation with Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management on Thursday, RTL Nieuws reports.
The province of Noord-Holland started a close collaboration with Hardt Hyperloop to realize a hyperloop system between the airports in Amsterdam and Frankfurt. This vacuum tube, high speed transport system will be able to take passengers between those two cities in half an hour. "Then flights are no longer needed", a spokesperson for the province said to the Telegraaf.
Jet Airways is canceling more flights to and from Amsterdam. All flights between Schiphol and India scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday are canceled, the financially troubled Indian airline confirmed to NL Times in a statement.
Jet Airways flies between Amsterdam and Bengaluru (commonly known as "Bangalore"), Delhi, and Mumbai in India, and also Toronto, Canada. The airline suspended the route between Amsterdam and Toronto on April 11th "until further notice", a Jet Airways spokesperson said to NL Times by email.
After having one of its Boeings seized at Schiphol Airport on Wednesday, cash-strapped Indian airline Jet Airways canceled almost all of its flights to and from Amsterdam on Friday. The cancelations are due to "operational reasons", the financially troubled airline said, according to various media outlets.
A flight attendant was stopped by police at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam on Tuesday under suspicion of consuming too much alcohol. The 26-year-old purser was already on board a foreign airline’s plane when he was confronted by authorities, police said.
Police subjected the suspect to a breath analysis, which came back with a reading of 260 micrograms per liter of breath. Authorities converted this to the stricter blood alcohol concentration of .06, which is three times the legal limit for aircraft personnel.
Train traffic on a number of busy routes in the Randstad is heavily disrupted on Tuesday due to a broken overhead line on the tracks between Weesp and Amsterdam-Zuid. The problems will persist until at least 5:00 p.m., according to NS.
A 24-year-old man from The Hague was arrested at Schiphol airport last week Wednesday. He is suspected of fighting in the Syrian civil war on the side of the Kurdish YPG militia, the Public Prosecutor said in a statement.
Icelandic airline WOW air canceled all its planned flights with immediate effect. This includes the daily flight between Amsterdam and Reykjavik. Both the flight to and from Amsterdam on Thursday are listed as canceled on Schiphol's website.
ProRail wants to run automated light rail trains between Schiphol and Amsterdam with extreme high frequencies - 30 times per hour. To achieve that, railways need to be cleared for this type of train. ProRail director Pier Eringa believes that these automated trains, which he compares to a city rail line like the S-Bahn in Berlin, will be needed to accommodate the increase in passengers between the Netherlands' capital and its main airport, Het Parool reports.
Train traffic around Amsterdam and Utrecht is currently seriously disrupted due to a train colliding with a person. NS warns of severe delays that will last at least until 12:30 p.m.
The number of passengers traveling through the five Dutch airports keeps growing. In all of last year a total of 79.6 million people traveled through the airports in the Netherlands, 4.5 percent more than in 2017, Statistics Netherlands reported on Monday.
Schiphol Airport is struggling under the weather conditions on Monday. Strong winds are causing flight delays and cancelations, the airport warned on Twitter.
As of 10:15 a.m. Schiphol reported 35 departure cancelations trough 4.45 p.m., and 108 departure delays through 2:00 p.m. A total of 37 arrivals have been canceled until 8:10 p.m. and, 210 have been delayed through 11:35 p.m.
Travelers are advised to check their flight status on the Schiphol site or app, or with their airline before leaving for the airport.