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Schipol_airport
Jan 9 '20 14:20

Dutch airline KLM transported a record number of 35.1 million passengers in 2019, an increase of almost 3 percent compared to the year before, according to figures the airline published on Thursday.

The fact that KLM was able to grow despite the fact that Schiphol has been at the limit of its allowed takeoffs and landings for some time, has to do with a higher occupancy rate, among other things. More seats were sold per plane, leading to KLM's planes being nearly 90 percent filled last year, NU.nl reports.

Travelers waiting or their luggage at Schiphol
Nov 18 '19 11:40

Every traveler who boards a plane in the Netherlands must be protected against the bankruptcy of airlines, according to travel companies’ association ANVR, travelers’ association ANWB, consumers’ association Consumentenbond, and travel guarantee fund SGR. On Monday they will submit a proposal for a guarantee fund for refunding individual tickets, the Telegraaf reports.

An OBB Nightjet train
Oct 7 '19 15:30

Dutch rail company NS and its Austrian counterpart OBB are working on an overnight train connection between Vienna and Amsterdam. OBB aims to run its 'Nightjet' trains between the two cities three times per week from 2021, the Telegraaf reports.

The train would be an extension of the OBB's current Nightjet passenger route between Vienna and Düsseldorf. The firm is also expected to announce service to Brussels.

Thomas Cook
Sep 24 '19 09:42

Travelers guarantee fund SGR opened an emergency number for Dutch travelers who are currently on a vacation booked through Thomas Cook. On Monday evening it was announced that all Thomas Cook Nederland and Neckermann trips scheduled for Tuesday were canceled. Around a thousand Dutch are affected by this, NU.nl reports.

Thomas Cook Airlines - Belgium from Schiphol Amsterdam
Sep 23 '19 22:42

All Dutch flights scheduled for Tuesday on Thomas Cook or Neckermann were scrapped as the parent company continued to deal with severe financial problems. Thomas Cook Group Plc declared bankruptcy early on Monday, and the company assured travelers that those using the Dutch branch of the travel agency would still be able to complete their holidays.

Thomas Cook
Sep 23 '19 08:48

British travel agency Thomas Cook ceased all its activities due to money problems, leaving hundreds of thousands of travelers stranded worldwide. The consequences for Thomas Cook Nederland, which includes Neckermann Reizen, are still unclear, a spokesperson said to NOS.

TUI Nederland Boeing 737 MAX 8
Sep 11 '19 17:45

Travel organization TUI will no longer offer flights between the Netherlands and Paris from he autumn of next year. The company wants to do its part to protect the environment in this way and points out that Paris can easily and comfortably be reached by train, RTL Z reports.

Rotterdam
Aug 29 '19 12:40

A man from Slovakia ended up in a Rotterdam police station on Wednesday night, looking for help.  The man was on his way to visit his mother in the English town of Rotherham, but instead accidentally bought a ticket to Rotterdam, the police said on Twitter.

The traveler was accidentally sold a ticket to the second-largest city in the Netherlands because "both his articulation and topographical knowledge are not very good", the police said. The man showed up at the police station with no money, and also no ability to speak either Dutch or English.

Thalys_et_TGV_Eurostar
Aug 29 '19 11:50

In the summer months of June, July and August almost 917 thousand people took a train from the Netherlands to a foreign country, NS International announced on Thursday. That is a 13 percent growth in passenger numbers compared to the summer of last year, NU.nl reports.

Schiphol Airport passengers
Jul 25 '19 07:47

After major problems with refueling at Schiphol airport on Wednesday, the airport is expecting a "somewhat disrupted day" on Thursday. So far the Schiphol site reports 60 canceled flights and 43 delayed ones. Travelers are advised to check their flight status before leaving for the airport.

Amsterdam
Jul 22 '19 10:20

Amsterdam is the 32nd bucket list destination in the world, according to a ranking by global travel site Big 7 Travel. The site surveyed 1.5 million people about the destinations they most want to visit before they die. Bali in Indonesia came in first place, followed by New Orleans in the United States and Kerry in Ireland.

KLM Boeing 737-700, PH-BGP at Schiphol Airport
Sep 25 '18 10:50

From next year KLM will be offering a direct flight between Schiphol and Las Vegas. "By adding Las Vegas as KLM's newest destination, we can offer our customers more flight connections to and from the American west coast", Pieter Elbers, CEO of the Dutch airline, said, AT5 reports.

Currently travelers can only reach Sin City from Amsterdam with one or more stopovers. But that will change as of June 6th, 2019. From then KLM will offer three direct flights from Schiphol to Las Vegas and back per week.

Windy day at Schiphol Airport
Sep 21 '18 09:13

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.

An NS train waiting on the tracks (Photo: TahR78/Wikipedia)
Sep 17 '18 14:30

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.

Schipol_airport
Aug 15 '18 14:44

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.

A plane approaches Schiphol Airport
Aug 15 '18 13:43

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. 

vrouwenpolder
Aug 15 '18 07:52

The warm and dry weather in the Netherlands resulted in fewer Dutch going on summer holiday abroad. In June 8 percent and July 5.5 percent fewer people booked a holiday through a travel agency, compared to the same months last year, sector organization ANVR said, NOS reports.

Crowded Schiphol Airport; 12 Feb 2018
Jul 30 '18 07:35

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. 

Luggage check at Schiphol airport
Apr 30 '18 07:26

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.

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Apr 13 '18 09:00

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.

Disneyland Paris
Mar 2 '18 13:30

Transit companies Thalys and NS are working on a direct train route between Amsterdam Centraal and Disneyland Paris and Charles de Gaulle Airport. They hope to launch these routes in April next year. In return, the route between Amsterdam and Lille will be scrapped, AT5 reports.

Eurostar train along a field of tulips
Feb 9 '18 16:10

Eurostar is launching a new direct high speed train route between Amsterdam and London, the company announced on Friday. From April 4th there will be two fast trains a day between the Netherlands and United Kingdom. Tickets start from 40 euros per seat, one way.

The train will also stop at Rotterdam. This new service was preceded by a comprehensive testing of the Netherlands high speed network and the building of Eurostar terminals in Amsterdam and Rotterdam. 

Lelystad Airport
Dec 20 '17 09:01

Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure is determined to open Lelystad airport on April 1st, 2019, despite opposition parties and surrounding residents asking for postponement. "The opening on 1 April 2019 remains the target", she said during a parliamentary debate on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.

Atlanta Airport staff hand out water to passengers stranded by a power outage, 18 Dec 2017
Dec 18 '17 08:23

A power outage hit the Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta, the busiest airport in the world, around 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dutch time. As a result, over a thousand flights could not depart, leaving thousands of passengers stranded. The power outage also affected flights between the American city and Schiphol Airport on Monday.

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