A second repatriation flight bringing Dutch citizens from Morocco to the Netherlands is scheduled to leave from Casablanca on Wednesday evening. The flight, which follows more than a week on from the previous repatriation effort, is set to carry around 300 passengers.
CEO and Chairman of the Royal Schiphol Group, Dick Benschop, believes that flight traffic at Amsterdam's Schipol Airport will return to its pre-coronavirus levels by 2023 at the earliest, he told newspaper Trouw in an interview.
Benschop, who has headed management at the Netherlands' largest airport since May 2018, says that he is unwilling to increase the number of flights all at once to the maximum capacity of 500,000 flight operations per year.
Dutch and EU citizens as well as legal residents arriving in the Netherlands from the United States will be told to spend 14 days in home isolation in order to prevent possible new cases of coronavirus infection, the Cabinet confirmed on Thursday. The new measure was decided due to the “large increase in the number of coronavirus infections in New York, but also more broadly in the United States,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte confirmed after a meeting of the Ministerial Crisis Management Committee.
About 450,000 Dutch are expected to take to the roadways just to enjoy the winter sports offerings in neighboring countries, and some sun. Together with returning holidaymakers, these departures will cause heavy traffic on the main highways of the Netherlands, Dutch travellers association ANWB said on Friday.
Some of the hundreds of thousands of residents will depart on Friday, and the rest over the weekend. These are primarily people based in the north or central part of the country, with those living in the southern Netherlands returning home.
The political opposition grows against the plan to set the opening of the Lelystad airport around April 2019. The ruling parties are under the pressure of their local politicians, who consider April 2019 to be way too soon.
Members of the Dutch Parliament of the coalition-parties VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie will discuss on the matter next week. According to newspaper Trouw, last week they met with fellow party members from the interested region. The ChristenUnie already came to the conclusion that next year's April is not an option for the opening.
Security guards working or G4S Aviation and I-Sec at Schiphol Airport have been banned from using the bathroom without permission from a supervisor. The “toilet restriction” has angered the union representing those workers, and Schiphol said the airport was not involved in the decision.
Dutch national train operator NS will increase seating capacity on some of its busiest routes beginning Monday. As summer transitions into autumn, the government-run firm is adding carriages to trains in an effort to prevent overcrowding during the railway's busiest season of the year.