Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, and security services have been given the go-ahead for a pilot project aimed at providing more efficient security checks at airports in the Netherlands.
Passengers will be checked according to ‘risk categories.’
Dutch holidaymakers bound for commercial destinations will most likely have to travel in and out of regional airports in the near future, following Monday’s announcement by Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport that it intends to focus on business traffic, Radio Netherlands Worldwide reports.
While a cloud of ash from the still-erupting Eyjafjallajokull volcano in Iceland continues to slowly spread across Europe, stranded air travelers across the world are scrambling for hotels, trains, ferries and even taxis to reach their destinations.
Amsterdam’s main train stations — Central Station, Amstel Station, as well as the train station at Schiphol Airport — are overwhelmed with long lines of people trying to reach their destination by train.
Roughly 400 out of 700 cleaners at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport are on strike. They are demanding compensation for travel costs, regular work, more breaks, ‘more respect’ and an end to ‘intimidation by managers’ who criticize them for striking.
The cleaners, who work for six cleaning companies contracted by the airport, have been on strike since yesterday morning.
Later this afternoon they will decide whether the protest will continue tomorrow.