Air traffic back on track in Netherlands

11th August 2006, Comments 0 comments

UPDATE 11 August 2006, AMSTERDAM — Air traffic between Schiphol Airport and the UK began to return to normal on Friday afternoon following the chaos caused by the security alert the day before.

UPDATE 11 August 2006

AMSTERDAM — Air traffic between Schiphol Airport and the UK began to return to normal on Friday afternoon following the chaos caused by the security alert the day before.

Passengers were warned though that some planes would leave later than scheduled and some others, mostly services to London Heathrow, would be cancelled.

The delays were a result of increased security measures and the re-starting of the networks of connecting flights.

Flights between Eindhoven Airport and the UK operated as normal, with few problems reported at Rotterdam Airport.

Gerbrand Mulder, chief of operational services, said there were short delays on a number of services to and from the UK. Other flights, including some to Italy, also left late. But that had nothing to do with the terrorist threat, he said.

The Military Police (De marechaussee) increased patrols in public areas of Schiphol on Friday. "We are doing this not only because of the attacks foiled yesterday, but also to be able to respond quickly to any public order problems," spokesman Rob Stenacker explained.

Police were conscious of the possibility that passengers could become irritated, and boisterous, due to delays. "That has not been the case up until now," Stenacker said. "We get the impression that people in the airport have an understanding of the situation."

Intending passengers are advised to contact their airline for the latest information. Budget airline EasyJet announced that it cancelled all of its scheduled flights between Amsterdam and London on Friday. It advised passengers with tickets for these flights not to come to the airport.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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