At least one Dutch woman was among the hundreds of people killed in a seemingly coordinated set of attacks on Easter Sunday in and around Colombo, Sri Lanka, and several other cities in the South Asian island nation. The 54-year-old woman died in a blast triggered by a suicide bomber at the five-star Cinnamon Grand Hotel in a central, popular part of Colombo.
The Dutch government closed its airspace to all Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft following the second major crash involving that model in less than four months, killing 346 people. The decision was made on Tuesday by Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, the country's Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management, a spokesperson confirmed to NL Times.
A TUI Dreamliner scheduled to fly from Aruba to the Netherlands on Monday was kept on the ground due to a bomb threat. A Dutch woman was arrested, TUI Nederland confirmed to the Telegraaf.
"The plane was checked completely and all passengers and baggage were taken off board for an extra security check. It turned out to be a false alarm. Nothing was found", a TUI spokesperson said to the newspaper. The plane took off a few hours later.
At least 40 thousand tourists have been affected by TravelBird's money problems, the majority of them are Dutch, according to guarantee fund SGR. The Amsterdam based travel agency filed for deferment of payment last week, newspaper AD reports.
There is a worldwide shortage in pilots. Boeing estimates that 790 thousand pilots will be needed in the next 20 years. KLM is poaching pilots from competitors TUI and Corendon, sources from within KLM told the Telegraaf.
"It is a fact that there is more demand for pilots than supply in the market at the moment", a TUI spokesperson said to the newspaper. According to him, TUI pilots that are quitting are mainly pilots of planes used for international destinations.
Corendon also said that their pilots are being hired away by KLM, according to the newspaper.
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.
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.
Dozens of flights to and from the Canary Islands had to land at other airports on Sunday due to severe storms on the islands. Heavy rains an winds over 100 kilometers per hour made it impossible for flights to land on or take off from the islands during the afternoon. Many hundreds of Dutch holiday makers were affected, AD reports.
Flightradar24 shows that many flights had to move to Morocco and Faro in Portugal. These detours affected hundreds of Dutch tourists using airlines TUI and Transavia, according to the newspaper.
A crew member of TUIfly was arrested at Schiphol Airport on Saturday on suspicion of drug trafficking from Curacao. The Koninklijke Marechaussee confirmed that someone was arrested, but would give no further details, the Telegraaf reports.
The Koninklijke Marechaussee is a policing force that works as part of the Dutch military and is responsible for border control and airport security. "The investigation is ongoing", is all that a spokesperson would say to the Telegraaf.
The Indonesian authorities closed the international airport on Bali due to an eruption of volcano Agung spewing large amounts of ash on the island. A total of 445 flights were canceled, resulting in 59 thousand travelers stranded on the island, NOS reports.
At least 2,400 Dutch travelers are currently in the areas that will soon face the wrath of Hurricane Irma, according to travel agency TUI, NU.nl reports.
Around 1,600 Dutch are on Cuba and the Dominican Republic. They booked trips through TUI subsidiary Kras. The other 800 are in the American state of Florida.
TUI also has four travelers on Sint Maarten, where Hurricane Irma hit on Wednesday, leaving devastation in its wake. TUI managed to make contact with all four Dutch and they are doing well.
People on the islands of Sint Maarten, Sint Eustatius and Saba are frantically preparing for Hurricane Irma to hit. The class 5 hurricane is expected to hit the islands that form part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands around noon. Wind speeds of around 295 kilometers per hour, heavy rains and flood waves are expected.
Travel organization TUI currently has 2,721 Dutch tourists on the Greek islands of Kos and Kras. The organization is not planning an immediate evacuation of Dutch people on Kos, which was hit hard by a large earthquake just off the nearby Turkish coast early on Friday morning. TUI is first focused on making sure everyone is safe and whether the tourists' hotels are still inhabitable, spokesperson Petra Kok said to newspaper AD.
A massive earthquake with a force of 6.7 on the Richter scale hit the southwestern coast of Turkey around 1:30 a.m. on Friday, local time. The epicenter of the quake was 10 kilometers form the coast of tourist resort Bodrum. Nearby Greek island Kos was also hit hard. Many Dutch tourists are on summer holiday at these locations, NU.nl reports.
Schiphol added ten new routes to its summer schedule. Passengers flying from Schiphol airport can now choose from nearly 200 European destinations and over 100 intercontinental destinations, the airport announced, Up In The Sky reports.
The number of flights to several already existing Schiphol destinations was also increased for summer. The summer schedule is in place from March 27th to October 28th.
The 10 new destinations are:
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs updated its travel advice for Turkey, due to current political tensions between the two countries. The Dutch government does not advise against going to Turkey, but does warn Dutch travelers to watch out for gatherings and avoid public places, ANP reports.
These warnings are on top of the already in place advice of risks in Turkey due to terrorist attacks and political tensions.
A massive fire raged in a five-star hotel in Marrakech, Morocco during the early hours of Sunday morning. All guests, including about 10 Dutch, managed to escape safely. No one was injured, NOS reports.
The hour started in the restaurant of the hotel Jardins De La Koutoubia around 1:00 a.m.
Travel organizations TUI and Corendon are sending a total of eight flights to Gambia today to pick up some 1,600 Dutch vacationing in the African country. Unrest threatens in Gambia because president Yahya Jammeh is refusing to make way for his elected successor, ANP reports.
A sandstorm on the Cape Verde island of Boa Vista on Christmas Day has 80 Dutch tourists still stranded at their holiday destination. "It's never been so bad. Normally a sandstorm does not stay long in the same place", Petra Kok, spokesperson for travel agency TUI, said to newspaper AD. She emphasized that, while stranded, the tourists are safe. "People can simply stay in their hotel and the situation outside is not dangerous."
A TUI plane hit boarding bridge at Schiphol Airport on Monday. No one was injured, but it did cause significant delays for the over 250 people on board the Airbus A340-300, accordnig to the Telegraaf. .
The Dutch Safety Board launched an exploratory investigation into the incident. The passenger plane hit te bridge with an engine. "At that time there were no people on that bridge", a spoesperson said to the newspaper. Only material damage was done.
Several hundred tourists, including a number of Dutch, have been stranded on the Canary Islands of Lanzarote and Fuereventura since Tuesday. Persistent bad weather in Lanzarote meant that their TUI flight could go no further than Feurteventura, AD reports.
According to TUI, 173 passengers are involved. Their flight to Lanzarote left from Schiphol on Tuesday, but due to bad weather they had to spend the night on the neighboring island.
A Dutch couple died while on honeymoon in the Dominican Republic, tour operator TUI informed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday. Their cause of death is still unknown and the Ministry has not received official notice from the local authorities
A group of 180 Dutch travelers have been stuck in Dubai since Saturday. Their TUI flight had to turn around shortly after departing on Saturday due to a defective wing flap, a spokesperson for travel company TUI said to ANP.