Autumn weather started in the Netherlands on Friday with a storm that triggered a code yellow warning for strong winds from meteorological institute KNMI. By 2:40 p.m. a total of 260 flights had been canceled at Schiphol airport. Due to the wind, not all of the airport's runways can be used.
A westerly storm is forecast to hit the Netherlands on Friday. Schiphol therefore warns that flights from or to the airport may be delayed or canceled. Travelers are advised to check their current flight information before leaving for the airport.
Meteorological institute KNMI issued a code yellow weather warning for a large part of the Netherlands on Friday. Winds up to 85 kilometers per hour are expected. Due to the strong winds, some of Schiphol's runways can't be used.
The airport already reports a large number of canceled departures and arrivals on its website.
A delegation from NS, ProRail and the Dutch government are in Germany this week to make a 4 hour train trip from Amsterdam to Berlin a reality within the next few years. They hope that shorter travel times will make the rail a real alternative to flying within Europe, NOS reports.
The growth of Schiphol airport must "decrease" in the coming years, according to recently appointed CEO Dick Benschop. He is making agreements about this with the airlines, which in turn must be more picky about their new destinations, he said in an interview with Het Parool.
Eighty of the 298 trees planted at the National MH17 Monument in Vijfhuizen Park next to Schiphol Airport, have died. One tree was planted for each victim who died in the disaster with the Malaysia Airlines flight.
Schiphol teamed up with Delft startup Hardt Hyperloop to investigate the possibility of a Hyperloop connection between the airport and Frankfurt in Germany. They will investigate building an above ground Hyperloop system on roughly the same route currently being used by NS and Deutsche Bahn for the ICE high-speed train, Het Parool reports.
A planned strike by security workers at Schiphol airport next week, has been canceled, trade union De Unie reports. Last night the unions and security companies reached a principle collective bargaining agreement for the 4 thousand security workers at the Amsterdam airport, the union said, AD reports.
Schiphol will try to stop a security guard strike at the airport next week Tuesday in court "We want to do everything possible to ensure that passengers do not suffer", a spokesperson for the airport said to RTL Nieuws.
Security guards plan to strike for 24 hours on Tuesday, September 4th. The strike would affect some 200 thousand travelers. "Everyone who flies has to go through the security check. If that is not possible, you can't fly", the Schiphol spokesperson said.
Arriving flights at Schiphol airport are delayed on Tuesday morning due to a technical fault at Air Traffic Control. Most departures are on Schedule, the airport reports. Travelers are advised to check the airport's website or app, or with their airline, for actual flight information.
A Syrian man was sentenced to two years in prison, four months of which conditionally suspended, for trafficking children through Schiphol. Between December 2016 and February 2018 the man smuggled five children from Greece, through Schiphol and into the Netherlands, AT5 reports.
According to the Public Prosecutor, the man himself is an asylum seeker from Syria. He told the court that he wanted to help separated families by bringing their children to them. He called the trafficking an expression of "charity", according to the broadcaster.
The fault that caused a major disruption to train traffic in and around Amsterdam on Tuesday evening was the result of a software error, which was caused by a unique combination of circumstances after a shoplifter fled into the Schiphol tunnel, rail manager ProRail said, RTL Nieuws reports.
Unions FNV and CNV are calling on security officers at Schiphol Airport to strike for 24 hours on September 4th. Strikes will also be held at other locations, but the unions have not yet said where, NOS reports.
"Schiphol has already received a notice from us because a 24 hour strike has consequences for the airport and air traffic", Mohamed Gafki of FNV said, according to the broadcaster. "Agreements can now be made to ensure that things go smoothly. Passengers can be informed in a timely manner, tickets can be rebooked, flights can be canceled, and so on."
A major signal and switch failure that brought train traffic around Amsterdam and Schiphol to a standstill on Tuesday evening, has been fixed. Train traffic is back on track, though travelers in and around Amsterdam should take into account that trains may be more crowded than usual on Wednesday morning, NS said.
A disruption in Air Traffic Control's communication system that halted all flights at Schiphol for a short time on Wednesday, has been resolved. Air traffic at the Amsterdam airport is now getting back on track.
"The communication system of Air Traffic control is stable again. Air traffic is being restarted. It will take some time before the situation at our airport is running as normal again, so please check your airline or Schiphol.nl for current flight information", Schiphol said on Twitter.
Flight traffic was completely halted at Schiphol airport due to a disruption on Wednesday. All incoming flights were redirected to other airports.
Schiphol reported the disruption on Twitter at around 1:30 p.m. Ten minutes later the airport said that departing air traffic was slowly starting up again.
"At this moment, there is no incoming and outgoing flight traffic at our airport. Air traffic control is investigating this matter. We will keep you updated. Please check your current flight status on our website, our app or check your airline", Schiphol said on Twitter.
A 46-year-old pilot was caught under the influence of alcohol at Schiphol during the early hours of Sunday morning. While preparing the plane before departure, ground staff noticed that the pilot smelled of alcohol and notified the police, NOS reports.
A breathalyzer test a few hours later showed that the pilot's blood-alcohol level was 0.26. The maximum level allowed for pilots is 0.2 per mille. Aircraft personnel are not allowed to drink any alcohol 10 hours before departure.
When it comes to price per kilometer, a taxi from Schiphol airport is the 10th most expensive in Europe, according to a survey by Vliegveldinfo and AirMundo of the official taxi fares of the 50 busiest airports in Europe. Schiphol taxis charge 2.65 euros per kilometer. The most expensive airport taxis are in Geneva, at 5.67 euros per kilometer, the Telegraaf reports.
Monday will be the busiest day of the year so far for Schiphol. The airport expects 233 thousand people, 3 thousand more than its busiest day last year. Extra personnel were deployed to help manage the mass of passengers, but longer waiting times are still expected, NOS reports.
Travelers are urged to arrive at the airport on time.
This summer vacation Schiphol is processing a total of 12.7 million passengers, an increase of 2.4 percent compared to last year.
Fewer trains are running to and from Schiphol on Thursday morning due to a signal failure. Travelers are advised to take extra travel time into account. NS expects the problem to be solved by 10:30 a.m.
A broken train also means that no Intercity Direct trains are running between Schiphol and Breda. When this will be fixed is not yet clear.
Other problems on the track include fewer Sprinters between Tilburg in Boxtel, and no Intercity trains between Eindhoven and Weert. Both these issues should be resolved by 10:30 a.m., according to NS.
Ryanair cabin crew members in Belgium, Spain and Portugal will be striking next week Wednesday and Thursday. As a result, the Irish budget airline is canceling around 600 flights, including some to and from the Netherlands. Around 50 thousand passengers will be affected, Ryanair said.
Picking someone up or dropping someone off near the terminal at Schiphol may soon cost money. The Amsterdam airport is considering charging for so-called 'kiss & ride', the airport confirmed to NOS after a report in the Telegraaf.
How much it will cost, and when the rates will be implemented, is not yet clear. Schiphol is currently investigating the plan.
The police stopped a train at Amsterdam Lelylaan station due to a suspicious situation at around 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The police action was done by 6:30 a.m. and train traffic resumed, according to NU.nl.
The stopped train was running between Hoorn and Schiphol. A platform at the station was evacuated. The police did not say what suspicious situation triggered the halt.
Security personnel at Schiphol airport are performing labor actions on Monday for a better collective bargaining agreement. Longer lines are expected at security checkpoints, "but nobody will miss their flight", a spokesperson for union FNV said to the Telegraaf.
According to unions FNV and CNV, there is "an unbridgeable gap" between what the unions want and the employers offer in the collective bargaining talks. The unions want a wage increase of 3.5 percent this year.